Complete Dino Skeleton Doesn't Sell at NY Auction

NEW YORK (AP) - A New York gallery says a 150-million-year-old
complete skeleton of a dinosaur has failed to sell at auction.

Josh Chait (CHATE') of I.M. Chait Gallery/Auctioneers says two museums interested in the fossil failed to meet the minimum price of nearly $300,000 during the auction Saturday. He declined to identify the two parties.

Chait says the gallery is still trying broker a deal to sell the 9-foot-long dryosaurus fossil to a museum. Dryosauruses were two-footed, plant-eating creatures.

The auction also included the 7-foot-tall complete skeleton of a 20,000-year-old, juvenile wooly mammoth, and the fossilized skeleton of 20-foot-long marine lizard. Unidentified private collectors bought the mammoth fossil for $55,000 and the lizard fossil for $67,000.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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