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News-Antique.com - Aug 14,2007 - Aug. 14, 2007--One of my favorite things to do as a kid was to visit the dinosaur collection at the Carnegie Museum of Pittsburgh. Staring up at the huge teeth, mighty jaws and giant head of the Tyrannosaurus Rex, I was certain the beast could have easily eaten me on the spot.
I also pictured the T. rex charging migrating herds of smaller dinosaurs in his territory and picking off their weak, young and sick. Even today the childhood recollections are still clear.
The common thinking nowadays is that dinosaurs were slow-moving, dull-witted prehistoric versions of today’s reptiles. Most scientists agree they were reptiles.
Some dinosaurs were as small as roosters. Others were as big as buildings. Some were slow like turtles. Others were as fast as horses. Even in brainpower there were tremendous differences among dinosaurs.
The thing that makes T. rex standout is that it was one of the last, largest and strongest of all the predatory dinosaurs. It could easily have stared inside my bedroom window and plucked me out of my childhood bed with its birdlike claws.
No surprise all the interest today in this lumbering beast. The T. rex has been pictured and brought to life in magazines, movies and dime-store novels for eons.
Dinosaurs like T. rex teach us what life was like on the earth millions of years ago. They’re important links in the chain of history. Perhaps, they’re even the source of our ancient legends about mythical beasts.
That’s why when the skull of an extremely rare Tyrannosaurid comes up for sale on the auction block it stirs up keen interest.
That’s what happened on March 25, 2007, when a T. rex skull sold at I. M. Chait Gallery in an auction held simultaneously in Beverly Hills and New York City.
The prepped and mounted 32-inch-long tyrannosaurus skull sold to an anonymous California collector for $276,000.
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