How does a 155-million-year-old dinosaur get to the mall? That might sound like a riddle, but it’s no joke. In 2014, a skeleton of a dinosaur called a Diplodocus was put on display in a mall in Dubai. That’s the biggest city in the United Arab Emirates, a country in Asia. The fossil had been sold at an auction before making its way to the mall.
Dinosaur fossils are often sold at auctions, where the person who bids the most money wins. In May, a collector paid $12.4 million for the skeleton of a Deinonychus that had been discovered in Montana. Two months later, the remains of a 76-million-year-old dinosaur called a Gorgosaurus sold for $6.1 million.
Some collectors say owning dinosaur fossils is worth the huge price tag. Many buyers display their purchases in their homes.
But some scientists say dinosaur fossils should never be sold to wealthy collectors. They believe fossils belong in museums, where researchers can study them.