The old skeleton of 40 million years, about 120 centimeters (almost four feet) de long, should reach between 60 000 and 80 000 swiss francs

Geneva: a skeleton close to 40 million years of what is commonly known as a saber-toothed tiger go under the hammer next week in Geneva, a year after its discovery on an American ranch The skeleton, about 120 centimeters (almost four feet) de long, should relate between 60000 and 80000 swiss francs (66560 $ at 88750 $; 55300 at 73750 euros) auctioned on 8 December in the Swiss city.

“This fossil is exceptional, especially for its conservation: he has 37 million years and it is 90% complete”, Bernard Piguet told AFP on Tuesday, director of the Piguet auction house. «The few missing bones were remade with a 3D printer», he added, with the skeleton reconstructed around a black metal frame. Piguet said he was fascinated by the fusion of «the extreme old with modern technologies»

Original bones are from a Hoplophoneus Not strictly a true member of the cat family, they are an extinct genus of the Nimravidae family and hunted down in North America These extinct predatory mammals are commonly referred to as saber-toothed tigers

“It was discovered in South Dakota during the last season of excavation, towards the end of summer 2019″, Swiss collector Yann Cuenin told AFP, owner of dozens of paleontology lots up for auction. «As in most discoveries, the erosion had unearthed part of the skeleton While walking around his property, ranch owner saw bones sticking out of the ground”

Although the skeleton is the star of the series, there are many other treasures from the past to be gained, including ammolite, an organic gemstone similar to an opal, in shades of red and orange Measuring 40 cm long on 36 cm wide, the Cretaceous fossil is 75 million years old and is from the Canadian Rockies

It is estimated that he reports between 20 000 and 30 000 Swiss francs Jurassic Park enthusiasts can also buy a Tyrannosaurus Rex tooth (2200 at 2800 francs), or, for 5000 at 7000 francs, an impressive fin of 85 cm long of a mosasaur – a marine reptile that, in the Cretaceous, was at the top of the underwater food chain

Saber-toothed cat, Tiger, Hoplophoneus

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