Tyrannosaurus dinosaur skeleton sold amid controversy

Tyrannosaurus Bataar is an Asian cousin of the meat-eating Tyrannosaurus Rex

 

A row has broken out over the sale of a dinosaur skeleton at auction in the US.

The rare Tyrannosaurus Bataar, seven metres long (23ft), was bought by an anonymous bidder for more than $1m (£630,000) in New York.

The sale went ahead despite protests from the Mongolian president.

Elbegdorj Tsakhia says the skeleton, unearthed in the Gobi Desert, came from Mongolia and that exporting fossils found in the country is illegal.

The auctioneers, Heritage Auctions, say the specimen was imported legally.

Tyrannosaurus Bataar is an Asian cousin of the meat-eating Tyrannosaurus Rex.

The skeleton in New York is thought to be one of the most complete and well preserved ever discovered, says the BBC’s Jonathan Blake in Washington.

Lawyers for the auction house say the sale did not break any US laws – but it will not be confirmed until it has been approved by a US court.

Szóljon hozzá ehhez a cikkhez