Mastodon For Sale

Jan 18, 2008 2:04pm

"Welcome to Mt. Blanco Fossil Museum," says the banner on the website.  "Digging up the facts of God’s Creation: One fossil at a time." The Mt. Blanco Museum is in Crosbyton, Tex., about 35 miles east of Lubbock, population 1,874 in the 2000 Census.  Its director is Joe Taylor, a man with a long white beard. "If you like fossils, dinosaur digs and other old things you have come to the right place," he writes. "Check the news reports. We want to show you why we do not believe that the evolution theory or the millions of years concept is good science." In 2004 he bought and restored what he calls "the world’s largest four tusk mastodon," a skull nicknamed "Lone Star."  He says job took more than $140,000.  Which puts the museum in a deep hole — in addition to the restoration costs, Taylor says he’s had to pay $136,000 in a legal dispute over the finder’s rights to an Allosaurus skeleton.  So he’s auctioning Lone Star off. "If it sells, well, then we can come another day," Taylor told the AP.  "This is very important to our continuing."  The auction has begun online (opening bid is $60,000), and a floor auction will take place at Heritage Auction Galleries in Dallas on Sunday.  "We’ve struggled so long here just to keep this thing going," Taylor said. "We’re kind of losing interest. You can just tread water for so long." ================== UPDATE: The auction house says the skull fetched $191,200.
(Photo from Heritage Auction Galleries.)

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