This is a National Geographic video about Nigersaurus.
From the Belfast Telegraph in Ireland:
Jurassic parts: bones fetish spurs collectors’ market
Forget fine wines and fast cars – today’s millionaires prefer collecting dinosaur skeletons. But are they pricing museums out of the market? Rob Sharp reports
Wednesday, June 04, 2008
Dinosaurs are scary. Skeletons, even more so. So a dinosaur skeleton, you’d think, would make most run a mile. But despite their rictus grins and rattling bones, such objects are proving a hit with the rich and famous, always searching for something new to jazz up the country pile or Beverly Hills mansion.
Moneyed collectors are flocking to fossil auctions like never before. Just look at the catalogues of major auction houses over the past six months. In April, a 65-million-year-old Triceratops skeleton went under the hammer in Paris, and sold for a cool £400,000. In March, a prehistoric Siberian mammoth fetched an equally jaw-dropping £200,000 in New York.
With Christie’s holding regular dinosaur auctions in the French capital, and similar events being held at Bonhams and fellow auctioneer Chait in Manhattan, there are more opportunities then ever to pick up a bony memento. And they are attracting their fair share of star power.
Among those with a dino fetish are the actors Leonardo DiCaprio and Nicholas Cage, who locked horns in a bidding war to obtain the head of a Tyrannosaurus bataar (the Asian cousin of T rex). Ron Howard, the Oscar-winning director of A Beautiful Mind, is also a fan. Bonhams says its client lists include a raft of Hollywood A-listers, captains of industry and royalty.
But here’s the bad news: those who can’t afford to keep up with escalating prices are losing out. This includes Britain’s museums, whose budgets are pitiful compared to your average Hollywood hotshot or shipping magnate in pursuit of his next palaeontology fix.
Dinosaur fossil prices: here.
Fossil Auction News: here.
Dinosaur diggers bring mobile lab, new techniques to Eastern Montana: here.
Dinosaur mummy Leonardo: here.
Private fossil collections must be shared with all: here.
T-Rex skeleton to go under the hammer: here.
Capitalism vs. science: here.