Wednesday, September 27, 2006

 

Stingray fossil goes under hammer in Edinburgh

From The Scotsman, Edinburgh, Scotland: A 100 million-year-old stingray fossil will go up for auction today.

The fossil, valued at GBP10,000, will go under the hammer in Edinburgh as part of the first-ever sale of fossils, meteorites and minerals in Scotland.

The 2ft-long fossil is the same species of fish that killed Australian crocodile hunter Steve Irwin earlier this month.

Irwin, 44, was killed on September 4 when the barb of a stingray pierced his chest while he was filming for a TV show on the Great Barrier Reef.

The stingray is part of an extensive collection owned by Dale Rogers, who has travelled the world looking for rare and beautiful fossils.

It is a species from Hjoula, Lebanon, and dates from the Cretaceous period. [Evolution]
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The auctioneers are Lyon and Turnbull

UPATE (5 hoursl later): See "Stingray fossil fails to attract buyer (Edinburgh, Scotland)"

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