On May 20th, 2012 Heritage Auctions will place scientifically important fossils from Central Asia, including a Tyrannosaurus (also known as Tarbosaurus) bataar skeleton (lot 49315), on the auction block. These fossils are strongly suspected by scientists from Mongolia and the United States of having been illegally collected from Mongolia. Mongolian law forbids the export and sale of fossils collected in the country. The President of Mongolia, and scientists from Mongolia and the United States have spoken out against this apparent theft of the scientific heritage of Mongolia. These priceless scientific and natural resources belong to the people of Mongolia and should be returned to their rightful owners, not sold to the highest bidder.
If Hertiage Auctions has compelling evidence that these fossils were not illegally collected from Monglia they should disclose that information immediately.
- Tyrannosaur is Truly Mongolian, Experts Declare, Challenging Sale (livescience.com)
- Stop the Tarbosaurus Auction! (wired.com)
- Report: Tyrannosaur swiped from Mongolia (content.usatoday.com)
- Dinosaur Dustup: Auctioneer, Mongolia Battle Over $1M Bones (undisputedlegal.wordpress.com)
- Mongolian President and Heritage Auctions Cooperate on Investigation of Tyrannosaurus (prweb.com)
- Tyrannosaur auctioned despite protests from Mongolia (newscientist.com)
- Tyrannosaur is truly Mongolian, experts declare – Fox News (foxnews.com)
- Tyrannosaur Skeleton For Sale, But Ownership Is Questioned (livescience.com)
- Despite legal challenge, tyrannosaur sells for $1 million (news.yahoo.com)
- Mongolia tries to stop sale of rare dinosaur fossil (cnn.com)