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Mammoth Skeleton Sells for $645,000 in France

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A picture taken on Nov. 16, 2017, shows the skeleton of a mammoth that was later sold at auction at the Aguttes auction house. (Philippe Desmazes/AFP/Getty Images)

By    |   Monday, 18 December 2017 10:31 AM

A Wooly Mammoth skeleton sold for $645,000 on Saturday at an auction in France, the New York Post reported.

The nearly complete 10,000-year-old skeleton was bought by the CEO of a French waterproofing and construction company, Soprema, which sells a product called Mammouth, or "Mammoth" when translated into English, the Australian Broadcasting Corp. said.

"We are going to display it in the lobby of our firm," said the buyer, Pierre-Etienne Bindschedler, according to the New York Post. "I think we have enough room."

Auctioneer Claude Aguttes said the skeleton sold for a record price for mammoth skeletons, beating the previous record older which sold 10 years ago in Paris for just over 315,000 euros, the Australian Broadcasting Corp. noted.

According to NBC News, the Mammoth skeleton towers about 10-feet high, with each of its two tusks measuring over 9 feet in length and weighing a total of 353 pounds.

The skeleton was discovered 10 years ago in Siberia permafrost. David Gelsthorpe, curator of Earth Science collections at Manchester Museum, told the BBC that the permafrost in Siberia was melting at a very rapid rate because of climate change.

"So not only are we getting these incredible skeletons coming out, but also pretty much as they died as well," he said. "We're getting things like fur, the skin, the muscles, the organs - and even the last meal."

Woolly Mammoths began to die out about 10,000 years ago and finally reached extinction 4,000 years ago, National Geographic reported.

Climate change has been widely attributed to the big mammal’s dwindling numbers, although experts have suggested other theories such as the sudden impact of a meteorite or comet as well as human influence, which could have played a significant influence on their extinction.

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