My most prized Christmas present ever was the Jurassic Park T-Rex toy, complete with speaker-embedded stomping feet and "realistic" rubbery skin. I still have it sitting on my bookshelf, where it proudly surveys all that goes on in my household. Were I the son of a Saudi Prince, I'd probably have popped the real-life remains of "Misty" the diplodocus on the top of my Christmas list instead.
Going up for auction at Summers Place Auctions in Billinghurst, West Sussex at 2pm today, the 56 foot skeleton is thought to be one of only six complete diplodocus specimens in the world. Uncovered by the teenage sons of German palaeontologist Raimund Albersdoerfer, it's expected to fetch between £400,000 and £600,000. Though the Natural History Museum in London has ruled itself out of the biddding (its famous diplodocus is actually just a replica), Misty could find herself bought up by Chinese museums, or even fancy US hotel and shopping mall chains which have expressed an interest. [BBC]