by Paige Williams
In 2012, “a superb Tyrannosaurus skeleton” was offered for auction in NYC. The nearly complete T. bataar, is a close cousin to the most famous dinosaur that ever lived. Eric Prokopi, a thirty-eight-year-old Floridian brought this eight-feet high and 24 feet long, the spectacular specimen to life. When the gavel fell the winning bid was over $1 million. Prokopi worked his obsession with fossils into a thriving business hunting, preparing, and selling specimens, to clients ranging from natural history museums to avid private collectors like actor Leonardo DiCaprio. As the T. bataar went to auction, a network of paleontologists alerted the government of Mongolia to amazing creature. An international custody battle ensued. This non-fiction book documents Prokopi’s rise as a respected fossil seller & his fall from grace. From digging fossils in Mongolia’s Gobi Desert to assembling them in a Florida garage this book provides the reader with insights into the questionable business of selling pieces of history. Even if you don’t love dinosaurs this book is worth reading.