NEW YORK (May 6, 2013)--Federal authorities in New York have returned a nearly-complete 70-million-year-old Tyrannosaurus skeleton that was looted from the Gobi Desert to Mongolia.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents seized the skeleton in New York.
A Gainesville, Fla., fossils dealer pleaded guilty to smuggling charges in a deal last December.
The government said Eric Prokopi smuggled the bones into the U.S. then assembled them into a skeleton, which was sold by Dallas-based Heritage Auctions for over $1 million.
The deal was suspended.
The government said the dinosaur skeleton was mislabeled as reptile bones from Great Britain.