Florida Fossils Dealer Admits Dinosaur Smuggling

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    A Florida fossils dealer has admitted smuggling dinosaur bones into the US, including those of a 70-million-year-old Tyrannosaurus bataar from Mongolia.

    A court in New York heard that Eric Prokopi sold the skeleton at auction in May for more than $1m (£600,000).

    In June, US officials seized the bones after Mongolia said they were stolen.

    In a plea bargain, Prokopi gave up any claim to the skeleton as well as to others seized by authorities which included remains from China.

    He also admitted illegally importing a Chinese flying dinosaur, two oviraptors and a duckbilled creature known as a Saurolophus.

    The court heard that Prokopi, 38, was arrested in October as a lorry arrived at his home loaded with fossils.

    He faces a maximum of 17 years imprisonment when he is sentenced in April.

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