Those who tuned into last night’s final Manning Cast of the season were treated to a rather boring football game, but the special guests more than made up for the lack of on-field entertainment.
Sandwiched between Larry Fitzgerald and Russell Wilson was WWE/movie star Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, who also had a bit of a football career of his own during his days at the University of Miami. He talked a bit about that with Peyton and Eli Manning last night, but it was the T-Rex skull strategically placed behind The Rock during his appearance that had everyone asking questions, including the Manning Brothers.
With the Los Angeles Rams dominating the Arizona Cardinals in the second quarter of their Wild Card battle, Peyton Manning decided to shift the focus of the conversation to the massive T-Rex skull positioned in the background of Dwayne’s screen frame.
According to the Rock, he’s the owner of the “most complete T-Rex skull ever found.” The skull goes by the name, Stan, in honor of the paleontologist who discovered it.
Social media wasted little time digging for more information on Stan, and they soon found out that The Rock may have payed $31.8-million for the highly-coveted fossil.
According to a post from National Geographic, the fossil of the 39-foot-long Tyrannosaurus Rex was sold for a staggering $31.8-million at a London based auction house on October 6, 2020. At the time, the buyer was listed as “anonymous,” but that may no longer be the case after yesterday’s Manning Cast.
Via National Geographic:
Now, an auctioneer’s hammer has thrown Stan’s future into question, with the dinosaur bones sold off to the highest—and, so far, anonymous—bidder, stoking fear among experts that this beloved T. rex may be lost to science.
On October 6, the London-based auction house Christie’s sold the T. rex for a record $31.8 million, the highest price ever paid at auction for a fossil. The previous record was set in 1997 with the sale of “Sue,” a largely complete T. rex dug up by the same South Dakota institute and eventually purchased by the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago for $8.36 million (equivalent to nearly $13.5 million today).
That’s quite the price to price to pay for a T-Rex skull, but i guess $30-million is pocket change to someone like The Rock.
Some believe that The Rock’s skull may actually be a cheaper replica, but based on the way he introduced Stan (as the “most complete T-Rex skull ever found”), it sounds like Dwayne Johnson is in possession of the real deal.
Is The Rock’s “Stan” skull the real deal? Or is it a fake? This is the biggest question to come from last night’s MNF Wild Card battle.
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