With rare fossils being sold on eBay, and Hollywood stars bidding for skulls, there’s a case for curbing what is becoming a collectors’ market for the mega-rich

The news that an ultra-rare fossil of an infant Tyrannosaurus rex has been placed on eBay for $2.95m (£2.26m) has caused an uproar among palaeontologists, who have protested that such things “belong in a museum”. Where is Indiana Jones when you need him?

The skeleton, estimated to be 68m years old, was found in 2013 on private land in Montana and became the property of Alan Detrich, the professional fossil hunter who found it. Before Detrich decided to cash in on the discovery, he had lent it to the Kansas University Natural History Museum, but withdrew it before scientists could study it.

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