Smuggled dinosaur fossils return home

Source : Mass.mn


Twenty-two smuggled dinosaur fossils have been returned to in Ulaanbaatar on Wednesday, after an almost a two-month journey from New York City.
An official ceremony was held to mark the fossils’ return at Tuushin LLC’s monitoring field where several state officials and delegates of co-organizer companies attended.
The government of the United States repatriated the 22 fossils to Mongolian officials in New York on July 14.
Smuggling cases of dinosaur fossils have gained the public’s attention and works to return smuggled historical heritages have been intensified since a smuggled Tyrannosaurus Bataar fossil was returned to Mongolia last year, after it was nearly illegally auctioned off or more than a million USD in the United States.
“We are witnessing a historic day that is welcoming back 22 dinosaur fossils that have been smuggled away. The decision to return the fossils was made almost a year ago, but we had to pass all the legal procedures and government protocols. We signed the sea transport contract and now we are receiving the fossils,” said Minister of Culture, Sport and Tourism Ts.Oyungerel.
The Minister also expressed her gratitude for the companies that cooperated in repatriating and transporting the fossils.
The project group comprised of officials of the Reform in Paleontology and Archaeology Museum of the Ministry of Culture, Sport and Tourism, Tuushin LLC, Bodi Insurance, Ulaanbaatar Metropolitan Police Department, Capital City Customs Office and Central Dinosaur Museum.

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