How a 70-million-year-old dino skeleton got the U.S. in a lawsuit

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Dec 17, 2012

If Jurassic Park has taught us one thing, it's that bringing dinosaurs back to life is probably a bad idea. But if it's taught us another thing, you come to this truth: Science can't just belong to one person. So the United States government is suing to return a precious archaeological find where it belongs.

The skeleton of a Tyrannosaurus bataar—the smaller cousin of the T-rex found in Asia—was discovered in Mongolia's Gobi desert in 1946 and unearthed in the late '90s. Last month, it was purchased from Dallas-based Heritage Auctions by an undisclosed buyer for the tidy sum of $1 million.

Problem is, it's illegal to export "national treasures" like this from Mongolia, so a Manhattan attorney, on behalf of the U.S. and Mongolian governments, is filing a suit demanding that the skeleton be returned home.

Another instance of the legal system stepping in to referee a case of "don't touch this, it's mine."

(Via Huffington Post)

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