Sunday 18 February 2018

Disputed dinosaur fossil auctioned

The skeleton of a tarbosaurus dinosaur has been auctioned for a million dollars in New York
The skeleton of a tarbosaurus dinosaur has been auctioned for a million dollars in New York

A fossil of a fearsome T. Rex relative has been auctioned in New York despite the Mongolian government's objections and a judge's order blocking the sale.

Heritage Auctions said the 24ft-long tarbosaurus skeleton sold for 1,052,500 US dollars (£666,000), but the sale is contingent on the outcome of the auction house's court fight with Mongolian President Elbegdorj Tsakhia.

A Texas judge had ordered the sale stopped while the case continues.

A lawyer for Mr Elbegdorj said he will ask a judge to find that the auction house defied the court order.

Mr Elbegdorj said the fossil may belong to his country. He noted Heritage said the skeleton came from the Gobi desert.

Heritage said it was assured the specimen was obtained legally.

Press Association

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