"Homeland Security Seizes T-Rex From Heritage Auctions: A federal judge has authorized the Department of Homeland Security to seize a 24-foot-long Tyrannosaurus skeleton from an art storage company in Queens. [...] Heritage Auctions sold the T-Rex had to a collector for more than $1 million last month; authorities suspect it's been illegally exported from Mongolia."The dinosaur is reported to have gone quietly.
I should explain that the dinosaur posts are here for two reasons, this case is completely comparable to the antiquities issues that are the subject of this archaeological blog, but also sadly palaeontologists don't often have laws protecting the resources they need for their research like archaeologists sometimes have, the best they can do is apply our laws to their stuff, thus we have a 65 million year old dinosaur being called "cultural property", which admittedly is plain stupid. It is at this point I should remind readers: "Archaeologists Don't Actually Do Dinosaurs!"
We Don't Do Dinosaurs! [The Archaeology Song] by Archaeosoup Productions.