Tag Archives: Dinosaurs

Default Judgment Leads to Forfeiture in U.S. Attorney’s Successful Pursuit of Tyrannosaurus Skull

Yesterday, Judge Oetken entered a default judgment against one Tyrannousaurus bataar skull, marking a successful end to the U.S. Attorney’s forfeiture action against the skull.  The original complaint alleged that the skull was cultural property stolen from Mongolia and sought to return it. Our previous coverage of the case is here.… Continue Reading

U.S. Attorney Files Suit Against Tyrannosaurus Skull

The U.S. Attorney’s Office filed this week an asset forfeiture action against a Tyrannosaurus bataar skull.  The skull, found in the Gobi Desert in Mongolia and dating from the Cretaceous period 65 million years ago, was sold at an auction in New York in 2007 for $276,000.  The complaint alleges that the skull is cultural property stolen from … Continue Reading