The First Art Newspaper on the Net   Established in 1996 United States Sunday, October 23, 2016

United States Government returns smuggled dinosaur skeletons and fossils to Mongolia
Dinosaur skeletons, egg returned to Mongolia. Photo:
NEW YORK (AFP).- The United States returned to Mongolia on Thursday more than 18 dinosaur skeletons and fossils stolen from the Gobi desert and smuggled abroad, saying they were enough to stock a museum.

The haul includes skeletons of two Tyrannosaurus bataars, a cousin of the fearsome Tyrannosaurus rex, and two Oviraptors, known at least apocryphally for eating other dinosaur eggs.

The repatriation ceremony was the culmination of a two-year effort to return numerous dinosaur fossils smuggled to the United States and other countries.

Some were illegally smuggled into the US using false customs papers and others were voluntarily forfeited by a British collector to the United States for return to Mongolia.

"A recovery of this sort is without precedent," top New York federal prosecutor Preet Bharara told the handing-over ceremony.

"It is a haul sufficient enough to stock a natural history museum, which I understand actually is currently being built in Mongolia. We're honored to return these fossils to the Mongolian people."

The ceremony took place more than a year after the United States handed back the first remains of a 70-million-year-old Tyrannosaurus skeleton to the Mongolian government.

The nearly complete skeleton had been sold at auction for more than $1 million before US authorities intervened at Mongolia's request.

The Mongolian minister of culture, sport and tourism said the first skeleton would be the first item to go on display in a new Central Dinosaur Museum that the government planned to build.

A Florida-based collector, Eric Prokopi, pleaded guilty in December 2012 to smuggling and has subsequently given up some of the dinosaur skeletons returned to Mongolia.

The rest were handed over to US authorities by his British former business partner.

Prokopi, who had faced up to 17 years in jail and a $250,000 fine, was instead sentenced to three months on July 3 after pleading guilty and surrendering the skeletons.

© 1994-2014 Agence France-Presse

Today's News

July 12, 2014

'Fashion in France: 1947-1957' opens at Palais Galliera City of Paris Fashion Museum

United States Government returns smuggled dinosaur skeletons and fossils to Mongolia

New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art acquires early Roman Porphyry vessel

A fine seventeenth-century child portrait acquired for the Scottish National Portrait Gallery

The V&A launches fundraising campaign to acquire four bronze angels

Getty Research Institute acquires important Robert Mcelroy performance art archives

Königsklasse: Pinakothek der Moderne opens exhibition at Herrenchiemsee Palace

Sex museum exhibition mounted by conceptual art duo Bompas and Parr gets New Yorkers in the mood

Rare treasures go on display for first time at Chester Beatty Library, Dublin Castle

Library of R. & B. L.: 20th C. manuscripts, autographs and first editions offered at Sotheby's Paris

Fine Arts Center in Provincetown honors late renowned artist Robert De Niro Sr.

Russians swear up a storm as Kremlin bans obscenities in films, theatre and the media

Exhibition of original photographs by Robert Stivers and Ruth Bernhard opens at Peter Fetterman Gallery

Exhibition by an artistic group formed by five young Ukrainian artists opens at The PinchukArtCentre

Under the Viaduct: Intervention Series curated by Savona Bailey-McClain and the West Harlem Art Fund

British Museum launches the Annual Review 2013/14 celebrating the successes of the previous year

Lacoste Gallery exhibits works by New England painter Buzz Masters and ceramic artist David Peters

Diverse private collections added to Auctions America's flagship Auburn Fall Sale

'Don't Stop Now: Fashion Photography Next' opens at Foam in Amsterdam

Karolina Halatek's 'Scanner Room' on view at Centre of Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle

Most Popular Last Seven Days

1.- New light shines on Sandro Botticelli masterpieces at Florence's Uffizi Gallery

2.- Cincinnati Art Museum's Van Gogh exhibition brings guests Into the Undergrowth

3.- Degas retrospective debuts in the U.S. at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

4.- Special exhibition features large-scale photography by Richard Mosse & Edward Burtynsky

5.- Nobel panel gives up knockin' on Dylan's door

6.- An unprecedented, international-loan exhibition of works by Claude Monet is at the Kimbell Art Museum this fall

7.- Exhibition at the Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek explores Rousseau's landscapes

8.- Yoko Ono unveils her first permanent US art installation

9.- ArtReview's annual Power 100 names Hans Ulrich Obrist as the artworld's most powerful figure

10.- British artist David Hockney makes a splash at Frankfurt fair with 2,000-euro book

Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .


Ignacio Villarreal
Editor & Publisher:Jose Villarreal - Consultant: Ignacio Villarreal Jr.
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez

Royalville Communications, Inc
Founder's Site. The most varied versions
of this beautiful prayer.
to a Mexican poet.

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site
Tell a Friend
Dear User, please complete the form below in order to recommend the Artdaily newsletter to someone you know.
Please complete all fields marked *.
Sending Mail
Sending Successful