Unique urchin was un­der­priced

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DRAPED in warm hues of cream and pur­ple, the Coelo­pleu­rus

exquisi­tus urchin is a daz­zling ocean crea­ture. But, marine bi­ol­o­gists did not dis­cover it by ex­plor­ing the open sea. In­stead they found it on eBay.

The Nat­u­ral His­tory Mu­seum in Lon­don de­ter­mined that a spec­i­men be­ing sold on eBay by a spe­cialised col­lec­tor did hail from a species pre­vi­ously un­known to science.

The col­lec­tor of­fered it at a start­ing price of $9.50 (about R124). It sold for $138 (about R1800) – which just goes to show that you won’t get rich sell­ing to science. – Auc­tions Writer

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