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Fossils dealer admits smuggling 70-million-year-old Tyrannosaurus into US

 
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12/29/2012 09:12 AM
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Fossils dealer admits smuggling 70-million-year-old Tyrannosaurus into US
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A Florida father-of-two has admitted smuggling stolen dinosaur bones into the US - including those of a Tyrannosaurus he sold for more than $1 million.

Eric Prokopi of Gainesville, 38, stole the skeletal remains of dinosaurs - including a nearly complete skeleton of a Tyrannosaurus bataar, a relative of the Tyrannosaurus rex - from Mongolia and China.

He came to the attention of federal officials earlier this year when he sold the Tyrannosaurus fossils to a Manhattan buyer for $1.1 million.

In a plea bargain, Prokopi gave up any claim to the skeleton as well as to others seized by authorities and admitted illegally importing a Chinese flying dinosaur, two oviraptors and a duckbilled creature known as a Saurolophus, the BBC reports.

Speaking in court in New York on Thursday, Assistant US Attorney Martin Bell revealed that a second, almost complete, Tyrannosaurus skeleton had also been found at Prokopi's home.

He faces up to 17 years imprisonment when he is sentenced in April.
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Lol, that's no small feat.
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12/29/2012 09:16 AM
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Re: Fossils dealer admits smuggling 70-million-year-old Tyrannosaurus into US
IF you smuggle a Tyrannosaurus fossil into the states you might aswell also smuggle other nasty shit into the states. Nah, seriously, how do you smuggle such a huge fossil without anyone noticing it?
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12/29/2012 09:17 AM
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Re: Fossils dealer admits smuggling 70-million-year-old Tyrannosaurus into US
TSA: What's in the bag Sir?

Fossil Stealer: T Rex
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Re: Fossils dealer admits smuggling 70-million-year-old Tyrannosaurus into US
IF you smuggle a Tyrannosaurus fossil into the states you might aswell also smuggle other nasty shit into the states. Nah, seriously, how do you smuggle such a huge fossil without anyone noticing it?
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