Scientists are aghast at an eBay listing offering a rare baby T-rex fossil for a $2.95 million buy-it-now price. Fossil hunter Alan Detrich, who discovered the fossil in 2013, is believed to have created the listing in February for the 68-million-year-old artifact, which until recently had been on loan to the Natural History Museum at the University of Kansas. CNBC reported the specimen has a 15-foot-long body, 21-inch skull and serrated teeth, and Detrich estimates its age at death to be about 4 years. The Society of Vertebrate Paleontology issued a statement expressing concerns that "the fossil, which represents a unique part of life's past, may be lost from the public trust. ... Only casts and other replicas of vertebrate fossils should be traded, not the fossils themselves."
The continuing crisis
On April 13, a Newtown, Conn., family returned home from a shopping trip to find Joseph Achenbach, 35, wandering inside their home naked. The Watertown man had crashed his SUV in the homeowners' backyard and came in through an unlocked door. Achenbach's clothes could not be found, leading police to believe he had been naked when he crashed. Fox61 reported that he was charged with second-degree criminal trespassing and driving while intoxicated.
Stay in school
When the Wilkinson School in El Granada, Calif., received a bomb threat on the morning of April 11, it didn't take long for administrators to empty the building of staff and students. But law officers searching the grounds found nothing — because the threat came from 2,100 miles away, in Woodville, Miss. That's where a 15-year-old student intended to threaten her own Wilkinson County High School, reported the San Jose Mercury News, but apparently didn't check her Google search thoroughly enough before dialing.
We've all swatted at pesky sweat bees, but a Taiwanese woman suffered a more invasive form of irritation. The 29-year-old woman, identified by her surname, He, thought she had gotten dirt in her eye, but when the eye later swelled shut, she went to Fooyin University Hospital for help, the Washington Post reported. Dr. Hung Chi-ting, the hospital's head of ophthalmology, looked in her eye through a microscope and was startled to see insect legs wiggling in her eye socket. The doctor eventually extracted four sweat bees from her eyelid. The bees, which crave salt, were feeding on He's tears, he explained. She is expected to fully recover, and the bees, still alive, were kept for further study.
A concerned animal lover in Devon, England, contacted authorities on April 8 to report that a fox she had been watching hadn't moved for several days, reported Fox News. In response, Ellie Burt, an officer with the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty of Animals, suggested trying the "broom test," which didn't make the fox stir, but Burt was told it "tracked them with its eyes and seemed to be breathing well." When Burt arrived on the scene, she quickly diagnosed the problem: The fox was fake, "stuffed by a taxidermist. He'd clearly been placed under a bush outside of the houses as a prank," Burt said. "Someone had been moving it around the neighborhood." Burt discarded the fox "to avoid any further calls."
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