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04/12/2007 01:53 PM ID: 61757 Permalink   

Scientists Attack Mammoth Sale


Paleontologists have voiced their strong disapproval at plans to sell a woolly mammoth skeleton along with fossils from a number of prehistoric animals at auction. The mammoth is expected to sell for between 150,000 and 180,000 euros.

Jean-Louis Hartenberger, from the University of Montpellier, said, "When you sell a skeleton in an auction, you are taking something away that should be available for science. You encourage looting."

Eric Mickeler, a scientific adviser to Christie's, rejects the claims. "It's alarming and dishonest to say every mammoth must be in a museum or an institution. There are already plenty, and all that can be said or written about them has been."

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Let em sell the damn thing. Its not like its one of the frozen ones. Mammoth skeletons are lying around everywhere.
  by: kuhl   04/12/2007 03:58 PM     
  A skeleton...  
doesn't belong to anybody and therefore should not be sold...

how many of you would like me to go dig up one of your old pets skeletons and sell it on...

It's just not nice. It should be simply used for science, and if it's not being used for that, put on display in a museum or simply put back into the Earth.
  by: dook   04/12/2007 07:49 PM     
Skeletons belong to whomever owns them. Once you die and your flesh decomposes you don't suddenly become sacred property of the Earth.
  by: kuhl   04/12/2007 08:44 PM     
  I agree  
would you say the same about gold?

No one owns it, it came from the earth?


  by: Gogevandire   04/13/2007 09:10 AM     
  for 180,000 euros  
I'll sell you my skeleton...
  by: STONE KILEY   04/16/2007 09:50 AM     
  Profit opportunity!  
Surely we could get a gruop of investors to purchase a frozen wooly mammoth with flesh still attached and hold the ultimate rich man's food tasting.
  by: evilhare   06/27/2007 05:07 PM     
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