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Feds file lawsuit to get tyrannosaur skeleton sent back to Mongolia

Posted Jun 19 2012 2:38am

Feds file lawsuit to get tyrannosaur skeleton sent back to Mongolia

cheap beats by dreThe skeleton was sold at a New York auction last month for $1.05 million to an unidentified buyer, even though a federal district judge in Texas issued a restraining order to hold up the sale. The auction house behind the offering, Texas-based Heritage Auctions, made the sale contingent on the outcome of Mongolia's court challenge — and since then, the skeleton has been held in legalbuy beats by drelimbo.

Earlierbuy cheap beats by drethis month, a panel of paleontologists declared that the skeleton represented a Tyrannosaurus bataar, also known as a Tarbosaurus bataar, was probably smuggled out of Mongolia sometime in the past 15 years or so. Today's complaint, filed by the U.S. attorney for Manhattan in New York federal district court, follows up on that determination and lays out the authorities' version of a tangled tyrannosaur tale.

Jamesbeats by dre cheapHayes, a special agent-in-charge for the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations, said the complaint alleges that "criminal smugglers misrepresented this fossil to customs officialscheap beats

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