Dinosaur skull seized from Wyoming home
By: Bob Moen, Associated Press
CHEYENNE (AP).- A dinosaur skull seized from a Wyoming home is related to an investigation into fossil smuggling from Mongolia, indicating that efforts to stem the illegal trade are making progress, an attorney said Monday.
Robert Painter, a Houston attorney representing Mongolia President Elbegdorj Tsakhia, said officials hoped that such seizures will have a chilling effect on smuggling.
"It's really part of what we hoped that would happen ... there would be increased awareness across the country of Mongolian law and the U.S. government is cooperating in protecting these cultural treasures," Painter said.
He predicted there will be more such cases as word gets out about the illegal sale of Mongolian dinosaur bones.