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Leonardo DiCaprio is rumored to be in the market for a $2.5 million dinosaur duo: a meat-eating Allosaurus mother and babe, according to Page Six in the New York Post.
If the rumor is true, the prehistoric purchase would be "very disappointing," said Thomas Carr, a vertebrate paleontologist and an associate professor of biology at Carthage College in Wisconsin, who is not involved with the sale.
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According to Page Six, "art spies" said that DiCaprio was eyeing the mother and baby Allosaurus specimens, which were on display at an Art Miami exhibition called "DeXtinction." The 150-year-old fossils from Wyoming were provided by the geology companies Avant Mining and Interprospekt, the New York Post reported.
An Allosaurus skeleton (although not the one DiCaprio is rumored to be buying).
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However, a friend of DiCaprio countered the claim, saying, "Leo never saw the fossils while he was in Miami," the New York Post reported.
An email Live Science sent to DiCaprio's publicist went unanswered at press time. Whether the rumor is true or not, any private acquisition of dinosaur fossils is highly unethical, Carr said. That's because scientists usually don't have access to dinosaurs in private collections. Many scientists even consider it inappropriate to study and publish on private specimens, because other researchers may not have access to the fossils down the road, meaning old...
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