Let's hope the new owners will give it a proper home.

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Let's hope the new owners will give it a proper home.

Post by Abdul Alhazred » Fri Jan 18, 2008 3:44 am

Creation museum selling mastodon skull (MSNBC)
DALLAS - A Texas museum that teaches creationism is counting on the auction of a prehistoric mastodon skull to stave off extinction. The founder and curator of the Mt. Blanco Fossil Museum, which rejects evolution and claims that man and dinosaurs coexisted, said it will close unless the Volkswagen-sized skull finds a generous bidder.

"If it sells, well, then we can come another day," Joe Taylor said. "This is very important to our continuing."

Heritage Auction Galleries says the skull is estimated to be 40,000 years old, and projects it will fetch upward of $160,000. The artifact discovered in La Grange in 2004 is believed to be the largest of its kind, Heritage spokesman David Herskowitz said.
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The auction will be held Sunday in Dallas, with bids accepted on the Internet until Saturday night.

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If I were a multimillionaire, I'd buy it and donate it to a real museum.

I hope it doesn't end up in some rich guy's living room as a conversation piece.

Think of it as paying ransom.
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Post by DrMatt » Fri Jan 18, 2008 2:04 pm

How did Mt Blanco get it in the first place?
Folks who run that sort of "museum" have a nasty habit of trying to evade taxes...
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Post by Luke T. » Thu Jan 31, 2008 4:40 am

The Heritage auction will also include other natural history items, including a 26-pound gold nugget found in Mexico that is expected to fetch at least $1 million.
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Post by Luke T. » Thu Jan 31, 2008 4:47 am

Texas mastodon skull sells for $191K at Dallas auction
Lone Star, the world's largest four-tusk mastodon skull discovered in a gravel pit in La Grange, sold for $191,200 at auction Sunday.
And the nugget:
The nearly-foot-long gold deposit sold for $1.6 million.
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Post by Luke T. » Thu Jan 31, 2008 4:48 am

DrMatt wrote:How did Mt Blanco get it in the first place?
They do their own digs: http://www.mtblanco.com/MtBlancoNews/20 ... hives.html

http://www.mtblanco.com/MtBlancoNews/20 ... n2005.html
When Taylor recovered it from a workshop floor in San Antonio, it was resting upside down on its face and was so heavy that it was flattening the huge truck tire under it. "Just getting it into my truck to bring it home was heart-stopping. Then the whole trip back to the museum was during a snowstorm. It took me a long time just to figure out how to turn the beast's skull over to an upright position so we could see the face and work on it. A huge contraption was attached to it and it rolled over without even a chip."

Removing the matrix from it has taken a year. Some areas of the calcium cemented sand and gravel were as hard as granite. In many places, using a pencil-sized jackhammer called a Chicago pneumatic, it would take all day to remove an area the size of an orange. The bone is mostly replaced but it is softer than the rock around it making the work all the more tedious.
http://www.kiiitv.com/news/txstatenews/13871357.html
The skull had been housed at the Mount Blanco Fossil Museum near Lubbock. Museum founder and curator Joe Taylor says he needs the money to pay back investors who financed the excavation of the skull after it was discovered.
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Post by Philip » Thu Jan 31, 2008 5:05 am

It's a shame that real paleontologists didn't discover and analyze it and its surroundings more accurately then a bunch of creationists did.

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Post by Eos of the Eons » Tue Apr 29, 2008 1:46 am

What an ethical bunch. Auction off stuff to keep their lie factory open when it should be shut down for not being able to sustain itself without selling priceless history off to the public. I'm wondering what junk is left there for them to lie about?
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Post by DrMatt » Tue May 06, 2008 4:19 pm

Eos of the Eons wrote:What an ethical bunch. Auction off stuff to keep their lie factory open when it should be shut down for not being able to sustain itself without selling priceless history off to the public. I'm wondering what junk is left there for them to lie about?
The evidence for scientific storkism, for starters.
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Post by Grammatron » Tue May 06, 2008 9:10 pm

Wait for the place to go under then buy it.

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Post by Geni » Tue May 06, 2008 10:20 pm

Eos of the Eons wrote:What an ethical bunch. Auction off stuff to keep their lie factory open when it should be shut down for not being able to sustain itself without selling priceless history off to the public. I'm wondering what junk is left there for them to lie about?
I doubt the artifacts were in the best conditions where they were being kept so selling off to the general public is unlikely to be much of a loss.

Thing is our major museams have rooms full of under analyised fossils so missing out on some isn't the loss it might seem.

Simular issues turn up in archaeology. There just isn't enough money and people power to do a decent analyisis of the majority of archaeological sites.