Mexico City, Mexico – A fossilized dinosaur tail will be auctioned on January 30 to raise money for victims of the Mexico earthquake that struck in September 2017.
According to organizer Morton & # 39; s Auction House , the tail, which measures 4 meters (13 feet) long and 180 kg (396 pounds), was discovered in Morocco and will be offered at a reserve price of 1.8 million Mexican pesos or approximately $ 95,805 dollars.
Any money raised on that reserve will be donated to the BBVA Bancomer Foundation to help finance the reconstruction of some 5,000 damaged schools.
The tail is of a sauropod of 17 meters (22 feet) and 22 tons of the species Atlasaurus imelakei that roamed the Atlas Mountains of Morocco during the Middle Jurassic, about 165 million years ago. Moroccan paleontologists took 300 hours to clean up the reptile's giant remains, before scientists in Utah reconstructed them again.
The group of dinosaurs called sauropods, were huge eaters of four-legged plants with long necks and long tails, included in the largest terrestrial animals on Earth.
Adolfo Albo of the BBVA Bancomer Foundation said: "Education is an element of enormous importance for the country, an element of social mobility, that's why we support the reconstruction of schools."
Albo said the foundation expected the tail to be sold for much more than the reserve price.
A Mexican businessman, who asked not to be identified, bought the fossil for his collection.