Tyrannosaurus Will Fly Home to Mongolia

19 Jun 2012 7:55 AM | Anonymous

Tyrannosaurus Will Fly Home to Mongolia
     MANHATTAN (CN) - A Tyrannosaurus Bataar looted from the Gobi Desert will be returned to Mongolia, after Mongolian President Tsakhia Elbegdorj sued to stop it from being sold at auction.

     The Tyrannosaurus Bataar, also known as a Tarbosaurus, lived around 70 million years ago, in the Cretaceous period. The species was discovered in 1946 by a joint Soviet-Mongolian mission in the Gobi Desert. In 2010 a nearly complete skeleton made its way into the United States by way of Great Britain, the U.S. Attorney's Office.

     Importation documents falsely stated that the skeleton was found in Great Britain, though the species has been found only in Mongolia.

     The Customs documents also lied about the value of the skeleton, prosecutors said: "The Customs importation forms listed its value as $15,000, in contrast to the $950,000 - $1,500,000 price listed in a 2012 auction catalog, and the actual auction sale price of $1,052,500."


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