Last month, Brian Switek at Wired posted on the controversy surrounding a tyrannosaur auctioned in New York that Mongolian authorities claim was illegally smuggled from Mongolia.
Well, according to reports, US authorities have seized the dinosaur and may send it back to Mongolia.
(HT to reader)
Mongolian President Tsakhia Elbegdorj rejoiced Monday at the legal proceedings, saying the tyrannosaurus represents an important part of the Mongolian people’s cultural heritage.
I fully agree the dinosaur fossil should be sent back to Mongolia.
I also agree the “persons who brought the fossil into the USA with fake/fraudulent paperwork – should be charged.
I don’t understand however, how the Mongolian president can say that “the tyrannosaurus represents an important part of the Mongolian people’s cultural heritage”.
It is a fact that this particular type/breed of Tyrannosaurus bataar only roamed around the Gobi desert in Mongolia – however it supposed to have died out/became extinct 70 million years ago.
If there have been no dinosaurs there for 70 million years, and Mongolians only have a 5000 year history – how does the dinosaur become part of the Mongolian people’s cultural heritage ?
CBC has been reporting that Homeland Security (of all departments) seized it yesterday, which really rex my plans for seeing him in North America
Because it’s from the present state of Mongolia – I believe you’ve demonstrated considerable (and laudable) overthinking.
“Mongolians might get their dinosaur back . . .”
Just the back? Where are the other parts?
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I wonder if people got the idea for dragons from dinosaur fossils. In that case there could be a cultural connection
And what if there were fossils on D. / T., #5? Would they be Dragons o’ Han or Nippon? I’ll bet they’re using Korean smart phones, though.
Which killed more mammals — Tyrannosaurus Rex or Genghis Khan…?
Does this mean the Greeks can get their marbles back?
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