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."