Man accused of stealing fossil dinosaur footprint 'made a mistake', attorney says

10 Jul 2014 11:46 AM | Anonymous

Man accused of stealing fossil dinosaur footprint 'made a mistake', attorney says

Prosecutors say Jared Ehlers removed a 190-million-year-old footprint from a Utah trail and dumped it into the Colorado river

utah dinosaur footprint fossil According to an archaeologist, the theft of dinosaur tracks and other fossils is 'pretty common' in Utah. Photograph:Douglas C Pizac/AP

A man accused of stealing a priceless fossilized dinosaur footprint that has yet to be recovered is set to appear in court on Wednesday for a change of plea hearing.

Jared Ehlers, 35, is accused of removing the 190-million-year-old fossil from a jeep trail east of Moab, Utah. Authorities have not been able to find the three-toed dinosaur track, which dates from the Jurassic period, since a tour guide learned it was missing after bringing a group of people to see it. He originally pleaded not guilty in April.

http://www.theguardian.com/science/2014/jul/09/dinosaur-footprint-theft-man-accused-utah-mistake

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