Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

National and World

September 21, 2012

Mammoth skeleton up for auction in Paris

PARIS (AP) — Looking for that must-have ornament for a cavernous living room or backyard lawn? Perk up, Sotheby's is putting a complete Mammoth skeleton up for sale in Paris.

The auction house plans the Oct. 2 sale as part of a collection of fossils, skeletons, meteors and minerals — and even a dinosaur egg and woolly rhinoceros skeleton — from the Kashiwagi museum in Japan.

Sotheby's said in a statement Thursday that the skeleton of Mammuthus primigenius, from Siberia, dates to the Middle Paleolithic period when Neanderthals roamed the earth. The house estimates it will go for more than €185,000 ($240,000).

The Mammoth skeleton, which has been arranged in a bit of an upward-facing pose, measures 3.5 meters (11 1/2 feet) in height — just slightly taller than it is long.

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