A rare Tyrannosaurus Bataar skeleton has been returned to the government of Mongolia by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) service. The specimen was looted from the Gobi Desert and illegally smuggled into the United States; a repatriation ceremony took place today at a Manhattan hotel. "The Bataar was seized in New York by ICE’s Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) special agents after it sold at a Manhattan auction for $1.05 million," according to ICE.
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