Feds Seizing Illegal $1M Dino Skeleton
Tyrannosaurus belongs to Mongolia, court decides
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Jun 21, 2012 12:04 AM CDT
Updated Jun 21, 2012 2:00 AM CDT
Somewhere in the Department of Homeland Security, an evidence manager is having one of the more challenging weeks of his career.   (AP Photo/US Attorney Office)

(Newser) – The Department of Homeland Security has been ordered to detain a dead, 70 million-year-old, 24-foot-long illegal immigrant. The skeleton of the Tyrannosaurus Bataar—T. Rex's Mongolian cousin—was sold for $1 million at an auction in New York last month despite objections from the Mongolian government, which bans the export of fossils, reports the BBC.

A court ordered the auction house to surrender the skeleton after experts viewed it and decided that it had almost certainly originated in Mongolia. When it was imported from Britain in 2010, sellers claimed that the skeleton had been dug up in Britain and was only worth $15,000. A spokesman for Heritage Auctions says the skeleton was bought in good faith, and had been restored at considerable expense to the auction house.

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HANKHILL
Jun 21, 2012 8:51 PM CDT
DEAD? DID YOU SAY DEAD? POOR THING WAS ONLY 70 MILLION YEARS OLD! RIP TRYN RIP! PS NEXT TIME YOU COME HERE GET A GREEN CARD YOU DAM ILLEGAL IMMIGRANT YOU!
HANKHILL
Jun 21, 2012 7:04 PM CDT
my barkie would love this! can i have it?
Gart
Jun 21, 2012 1:33 PM CDT
70 million? Everyone knows the earth is only 6 thousand years old. God obviously fossilized these bones and put them in the ground for us to find.. What a jokester, he's so silly...