Ferox Founder Secures Prized Dino For London Museum

Dec 5 2014 | 6:13am ET

The world’s most complete stegosaurus fossil is now dazzling visitors to London’s Natural History Museum—thanks to a hedge-fund manager.

The skeleton, nicknamed Sophie, was paid for primarily by Ferox Capital founder Jeremy Herrmann. At Herrmann’s request, the museum has not disclosed her price, although his generosity did give him informal naming rights: Sophie is also the name of his daughter.

Whatever the museum paid, it is likely to have been a lot: With 85% of her skeleton intact, Sophie is the most complete stegosaurus fossil ever discovered. She was unearthed in Wyoming in 2003, and is the first complete dinosaur fossil to go on display at the Natural History Museum in almost 100 years, where she now resides in the Hintze Hall—named for CQS founder Michael Hintze.

“Stegosaurus fossil finds are rare,” Paul Barrett, the museum’s top dinosaur researcher, said. “Having the world’s most complete example here for research means we can begin to uncover the secrets behind the evolution and behavior of this intriguing dinosaur species.”

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