The Rocks T-Rex skull on ‘ManningCast’ raises questions about whether it is genuine historical fossil

Dwyane “The Rock” Johnson appeared on “ManningCast” during the NFC wild-card playoff game between the Los Angeles Rams and Arizona Cardinals Monday night.

“The Most Electrifying Man in Sports Entertainment” dazzled NFL fans with what lay behind him, rather than with what he did or said during the broadcast. Fans were amazed to see a Tyrannosaurus Rex skull sitting over his left shoulder.

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Owned by the Black Hills Institute of Geological Research in South Dakota, the skeleton is known as "Stan" for amateur paleontologist Stan Sacrison, who found the first bones in 1987. The bones were discovered in a remote area spanning North and South Dakota, Wyoming and Montana.  Stan, with an estimated value between $ 6 million and $ 8 million, is considered one of the largest and most complete examples of a T-Rex with 188 original bones.  The skeleton will be auctioned off as part of Christie's 20th Century evening auction on October 6 in New York.

Owned by the Black Hills Institute of Geological Research in South Dakota, the skeleton is known as the “Stan” of amateur paleontologist Stan Sacrison, who discovered the first bones in 1987. The bones were discovered in a remote area spanning North and South Dakota. , Wyoming and Montana. Stan, with an estimated value between $ 6 million and $ 8 million, is considered one of the largest and most complete examples of a T-Rex with 188 original bones. The skeleton will be auctioned off as part of Christie’s 20th Century evening auction on October 6 in New York.
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Eli Manning asked Johnson about the skull.

“I got a T-Rex skull. It’s Stan. In fact, Stan was 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.

“Pretty cool and bad a ** not?”

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The dinosaur in question was discovered over 30 years ago in South Dakota by a paleontologist named Stan Sacrison. It was fully excavated in 1992 and was housed at the Black Hills Institute of Geological Research, according to national geography.

A fossil skeleton from a Tyrannosaurus Rex dinosaur will be displayed in a gallery at Christie's auction house on September 17, 2020 in New York City.

A fossil skeleton from a Tyrannosaurus Rex dinosaur will be displayed in a gallery at Christie’s auction house on September 17, 2020 in New York City.
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That was until October 6, 2020, when auction house Christie’s sold the T-Rex for $ 31.8 million, the highest price ever paid for a fossil. The bidder was never named.

“It’s an astronomical price bordering on absurdity, based on my knowledge of the market,” paleontologist David Evans told the magazine at the time. “If that kind of money [were] invested properly, it could easily fund 15 permanent dinosaur research positions or about 80 full field expeditions a year forever. “

Dwayne Johnson attends Disney's world premiere "Jungle cruise" at Disneyland on July 24, 2021 in Anaheim, California.

Dwayne Johnson attends the world premiere of Disney’s “Jungle Cruise” at Disneyland on July 24, 2021 in Anaheim, California.
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The appearance of the skull triggered a firestorm on social media.

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The object in question appeared to be only the skull and not the rest of the fossil, which could indicate that it was only a copy that sat behind the pro wrestling legend.

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