The amazingly well-preserved remains were discovered at Level TE7 at the Sima del Elefante site in the Atapuerca Mountains.
The research team explained that bacteria break down the carbon compounds in plastic to use as food for their growth.
Dorothy is named after Dorothy Hodgkin, who in 1964 became the first British woman to win the Nobel Prize in Chemistry.
Three fire engines and a bulk water carrier were called to the scene to help extinguish the blaze on Sunday, July 24.
Bidding, as of July 26, was at $278,005 – but the lot is expected to sell for over $500,000 when the auction ends on August 18.
The bacteria, which lives in environments scarce with oxygen such as the deep sea, was initially discovered in Lake Kivu in 1981.
A statement from Cell Press quotes study co-author Bing Su as saying: “Ancient DNA technique is a really powerful tool.
The 1,300-foot tall rotating building is designed to complete a full circle every 20 seconds.
The burial shaft dates back to the early 5th century B.C. and was excavated by the Czech Institute of Egyptology.