Tarbosaurus Returns to Mongolia

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  • Chief of the office of the President of Mongolia Tsagaan Puntsag (left) Mongolia's Minister of Culture, Sport and Tourism Oyungerel Tsedevdamb (left 2nd) Immigrations and Customs Enforcement  Director John Morton, and U.S attorney Preet Bharara, pose with the signed repatriation certificate to return a Tyrannosaurus bataar skeleton to Mongolia, in New York,  Monday, (6/5). AP/Richard Drew

    Chief of the office of the President of Mongolia Tsagaan Puntsag (left) Mongolia's Minister of Culture, Sport and Tourism Oyungerel Tsedevdamb (left 2nd) Immigrations and Customs Enforcement Director John Morton, and U.S attorney Preet Bharara, pose with the signed repatriation certificate to return a Tyrannosaurus bataar skeleton to Mongolia, in New York, Monday, (6/5). AP/Richard Drew

    TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - The dispute upon 70 years old dinosaur fossil ended when the it was returned to Mongolia, after previously smuggled and put into auction. Last year, the fossil was enlisted in an auction catalogue in Cultural Heritage Auction in Texas, pricing between $ 950,000 to $1.5 million.

    However, the Tyrannosaurus fossil, known also as Tarbosaurus, was returned to Mongolian authority by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and United States General Attorney.

    "This is the most important fossil return in the last couple of years," said John Morton, the Director of ICE. "We cannot let the colonialists' greed takes away the cultural interest of a nation," he added.

    After years of publicity, Tarbosaurus finally returned to Mongolia. Tsagaan Puntsag from the Mongolian presidential office send his gratitude to all of the organizations that helped return the fossil. He emphasized that the fossil belongs to Mongolian and that exporting it is an illegal conduct.

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