If you follow the world of fossil hunting, you may remember this story. And if you don't, you might remember it anyway, because there's little that piques the interest of weird news reporters than headlines that include phrases like "dinosaur smugglers." Dinosaurs all over the world can rest easy tonight, knowing that the most complete skeleton of Tyrannosaurus bataar ever found is being shipped back to its place of origin, Mongolia, now that the court case United States of America v. One Tyrannosaurus Bataar Skeleton (actual name) has been settled.
Florida Man Pleads Guilty to Smuggling Dinosaur Fossils, Won’t Join Han Solo and Mal Reynolds in the Smugglers Hall of Fame
It Belongs in a Museum!There've gotta be easier ways to make money than dinosaur fossil smuggling. Granted, it's a cool-sounding profession—scratch that, an awesome-sounding profession. But as Florida fossils dealer Eric Prokopi found, countries don't take lightly to having their precious paleontological artifacts stolen and sold for personal gain. Who knew? Though Prokopi wouldn't be in all the trouble he's in now if he hadn't gotten caught. Han Solo, God of Smugglers, is so disappointed in you right now, sir.