'Stan' the T. rex Sold for $31.8M and Scientists Are Furious

'Stan' the T. rex Sold for $31.8M and Scientists Are Furious
(AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

More than three decades ago in South Dakota, an amateur paleontologist named Stan Sacrison discovered a titan of the ancient Earth: the fossil of a mostly complete, 39-foot-long Tyrannosaurus rex. Nicknamed “Stan” after its discoverer, the beast was excavated in 1992 and has long been housed at the private Black Hills Institute of Geological Research in Hill City, South Dakota.

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