‘Sabre-toothed tiger’ skeleton up for auction

Geneva (AFP) – A nearly 40-million-year-old skeleton belonging to what is popularly called a sabre-toothed tiger is going under the hammer next week in Geneva, a year after its discovery on a United States (US) ranch.

The skeleton, some 120 centimetres long, is expected to fetch between CHF60,000 and CHF80,000 (USD66,560 to USD88,750; EUR55,300 to EUR73,750) at auction on December 8 in the Swiss city.

“This fossil is exceptional, above all for its conservation: it’s 37 million years old, and it’s 90 per cent complete,” Director Bernard Piguet of the Piguet auction house, told AFP on Tuesday.

More details on Friday’s Borneo Bulletin