Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson raised the bar on interior design when a T-Rex skull appeared in the background during an interview on The ManningCast on Monday night.
What you need to know
Johnson, while at home, remotely joined show hosts Peyton and Eli Manning on The Walt Disney Co.-owned ESPN2 during the second quarter of the NFC Playoffs featuring the Los Angeles Rams against the Arizona Cardinals, which won ” Los Angeles”.
They were discussing Johnson’s football career at the University of Miami when Eli Manning pointed out a dinosaur.
“This is Stan. So actually Stan is the most complete T. rex skull ever found by a paleontologist — a young paleontologist — and his name was Stan, so this T. rex head was named after him,” Johnson said.
For paleontologists around the world – and for those who are or are not involved in the study of any rocks – the question arises: where did this stone come from “Stan”?
Why is it important
The T-Rex bones in question were discovered more than three decades ago in South Dakota by an amateur paleontologist named Stan Sacrison and were nicknamed “Stan”. Housed at the private Black Hills Geological Research Institute in Hill City, South Dakota, it was put up for auction as a result of a lawsuit that ordered it to be sold as payment to one of the institute’s owners.
In October 2020, London auction house Christie’s sold The Wall for a record $31.8 million, the highest price ever paid at auction for a fossil, according to a National Geographic article.
Paleontologists hoped it would end up in a museum, allowing them and other scientists to continue studying it. But “Stan” went into private ownership and disappeared, as he (or she) did many millions of years ago in the desert landscape of South Dakota.
Could Johnson’s living abode now be “Stan” – all 39 feet and 188 original bones – a new resting place? And Johnson decapitated “Stan” to fit in the kitchen?
No one knows yet, but it may be a relief to some that the institute has sold high-quality casts of Stan, and he can still do so as part of the lawsuit, according to National Geographic. A look at the institute’s website reveals that a ‘Stan’ style T. rex skull with neck is worth $17,500.
And that might be what Johnson has.
“Pretty cool and cool, right? Johnson remarked about “Stan” who may or may not be the $31 million man.
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