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U.S. returns dinosaur to Mongolia

AFP-JIJI

The United States has given back to Mongolia the remains of a 70-million-year-old Tyrannosaurus skeleton stolen from the Gobi Desert and sold at auction in New York.

The nearly complete skeleton of the Tyrannosaurus bataar, a cousin of the fearsome T. rex, had been put up for sale and went for $1.05 million last year before U.S. authorities intervened at Mongolia’s request. The handing over ceremony took place Monday in New York.

“We never had a dinosaurs’ museum before, so we’ll set up for the first time a new museum called Central Dinosaur Museum of Mongolia. T. bataar is going to be the first exhibit,” said Mongolian Minister of Culture Oyungerel Tsedevdamba.

She noted it was the first ever cultural repatriation to Mongolia.