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Johnson ha dato fuoco ai social media quando ha parlato del fossile di T-Rex, soprannominato Stan dal nome del paleontologo che lo scoprì, sparking questions about whether the pro wrestling legend was the secret buyer who purchased the fossil at auction in October 2020 for nearly $ 32 milioni.

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Owned by the Black Hills Institute of Geological Research in South Dakota, the skeleton is known as "Stan" for the amateur paleontologist Stan Sacrison who found the initial bones in 1987.

Owned by the Black Hills Institute of Geological Research in South Dakota, the skeleton is known as “Stan” for the amateur paleontologist Stan Sacrison who found the initial bones in 1987. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

That didn’t appear to be the case. Johnson said he wasn’t themystery buyer.

In my home office, this is my REPLICA CAST of STAN that I had made and purchased from my friends at The Black Hills Institute of Geological Research and Paleontological Excavations,” Johnson wrote in an Post di Instagram featuring the replica.

“Il mio amore, rispetto, fascination and curiosity for paleontological & archeological science runs deepand if I was the proud owner of the real STAN, I sure as hell wouldn’t keep him in my office. I’d keep him in a museum, so the world could enjoy, study and learn from him.

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A Tyrannosaurus Rex dinosaur fossil skeleton is displayed in a gallery at Christie’s auction house on Sept. 17, 2020, a New York City.

A Tyrannosaurus Rex dinosaur fossil skeleton is displayed in a gallery at Christie’s auction house on Sept. 17, 2020, a New York City. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

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, secondo National Geographic.

That was until Oct. 6, 2020, when the Christie’s auction house sold the T-Rex for $ 31.8 milioni, the highest price ever paid for a fossil. The bidder was never named.

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

Dwayne Johnson attends the People's Choice Awards at Barker Hangar on Dec. 7, 2021, a Santa Monica, California.

Dwayne Johnson attends the People’s Choice Awards at Barker Hangar on Dec. 7, 2021, a Santa Monica, California. (Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for DJ)

Johnson appeared to quench the fears and dreams of those who wondered whether it was the real thing.

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