South Dakota dino fossil fetches $7.7M in Paris auction

“Big John,” a 67-million-year-old Triceratops skeleton that was unearthed in Perkins County in 2014, was sold for $7.7 million at an Oct. 21 auction in Paris. The mounted skeleton measures approximately 23-feet-5-inches long from snout to tail and stands 8-feet-10-inches high at the hips. The reconstructed skull measures 8-feet-7-inches long and 6-feet-6-inches wide with a basal skull length of 5-feet-1-inches, making it 5–10% larger than any other Triceratops skull reported to date, according to Guinness World Records. Courtesy photo

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