U.S. to return more fossils to Mongolia

AFP-JIJI

Mongolia may need to rustle up some more glass cases for its first dinosaur museum after U.S. authorities announced they will hand back a large new collection of stolen fossils.

Last Monday in New York, officials turned over an almost complete skeleton of a 70-million-year-old Tyrannosaurus bataar, a cousin of T. rex. It had been found in the Gobi Desert and illegally sold at auction for $1.05 million in the United States last year.

Now the federal prosecutor’s office in Manhattan says a herd of other remains is due to be surrendered. These include two more Tyrannosaurus bataars, a Hadrosaur, at least six Oviraptor skeletons and several Gallimimus skeletons.