'Dinosaur Smuggler' Pleads Guilty
Tyrannosaurus fossil sold for $1M
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Dec 28, 2012 5:08 AM CST
The fossil of a Tyrannosaurus bataar dinosaur at the center of the case.   (AP Photo/U.S Attorney Office for the Southern District of New York, File)

(Newser) – A man from Florida has admitted to smuggling some prehistoric cargo. Eric Prokopi yesterday told a Manhattan federal court that he'd "forwarded a few shipments of fossils of Mongolian origin from Great Britain to the US that were mislabeled." Among the shipments in question: a Tyrannosaurus bataar that sold for more than $1 million at auction. Prokopi will be sentenced in April, the New York Times reports; he faces 17 years in prison and $750,000 in fines, CNN notes.

He'll also have to give up his fossils, which include two other Tyrannosaurs and a pair of Oviraptors. "It’s one of the longer dinosaur shopping lists," said a prosecutor. It's illegal to take dinosaur fossils out of Mongolia. A website that prosecutors say belongs to Prokopi announces, "That's right, we sell dinosaurs!" the Times notes. "To whom, you might ask, and we say to anyone that wants one!"

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flatnosepete
Dec 29, 2012 11:09 AM CST
According to about 1/2 of the Republican party, these "fake" bones are less that 5000 years old and were put in place by Kenyan, Socialist, Extremist, Communist, Facists from New York City.
JoeQ
Dec 28, 2012 1:22 PM CST
One of the problems with restoring a Tyrannosaurus fossil is you always come up short-handed.
Tology
Dec 28, 2012 9:25 AM CST
Is that a dinosaur in your pocket or are you just happy to see me?