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May 5 2013

T. Rex Troubles: The Last Dino Legal Battle


Almost a year ago, headlines proclaiming the sale of a largely complete T. rex-like dinosaur sparked an international custody battle that featured a confrontation at a public auction, a federal seizure of the fossils, charges related to smuggling against Eric Prokopi, the man who attempted to sell them — and, finally, his guilty plea.

This case appears to be winding down. Prokopi is awaiting sentencing, and during a ceremony in New York City on Monday (May 6), Mongolia — the country from which Prokopi admitted he took the ill-gotten fossils— will take formal possession of the finds.

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