US sues to force return of dinosaur to Mongolia

19th June, 2012

The United States attorney for the southern district of New York has filed a lawsuit seeking the return of a Tyrannosaur skeleton recently auctioned in the US so that it can be returned to Mongolia, it’s country of origin.

Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara stated: “The skeletal remains of this dinosaur are of tremendous cultural and historic significance to the people of Mongolia, and provide a connection to the country’s prehistoric past. When the skeleton was allegedly looted, a piece of the country’s natural history was stolen with it, and we look forward to returning it to its rightful place.”

The President of Mongolia, Tsakhia Elbegdorj, stated: “I thank and applaud the United States Attorney’s Office in this action to recover the Tyrannosaurus bataar, an important piece of the cultural heritage of the Mongolian people. Cultural looting and profiteering cannot be tolerated anywhere and this cooperation between our governments is a large step forward to stopping it.”

Phys.org

Update, 21 June 2012:

Reuters