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Nicholas Cage on the Hot Seat for Smuggled T-Rex Fossil?

November 6, 2013

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In 2007, Nicholas Cage outbid fellow actor Leonardo Dicaprio for a 67-million-year-old skull of a Tyrannosaurus bataar, a close relative of the T. rex, paying $US276,000 for what he called “a ferocious-looking addition to his fossil collection.” Now, this fossil may be one of those that Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) aims to seize as […]

Smuggled Tyrannosaurus Skeleton at Auction

January 2, 2013

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Described as “a superb Tyrannosaurus skeleton” that “ruled the food chain of the ancient food plains that are today’s Gobi Desert,” an Asian dinosaur skeleton recently sold for over $1 million at Heritage Actions last May. Now, The New York Times reports that the man who shipped the skeleton into the United States has admitted […]

Sidetracked: The Struggle for British Columbia’s Fossils

October 18, 2011

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Author Vivien Lougheed explores “the egos, money and science behind fossil hunting in British Columbia” in her new book, Sidetracked: The Struggle for BC’s Fossils. Under Canadian law, it is legal to hunt and sell fossils.  Under the Cultural Property Act, rare fossils are protected if so designated by a paleontologist, but there are only […]

Raptor-Thieving Paleontologist Pleads Guilty to State Charges

March 11, 2009

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A month ago I reported on paleontologist Nathan Murphy’s snatching of a raptor, then concealing its find spot, and then supposedly losing it under a giant turtle shell. (A little known variant of “the dog ate my homework” is “the Jurassic turtle shell ate my Cretaceous raptor.”) Murphy has now pled guilty in state court […]

Raptor With Multiple Personalities Source of Controversy

January 23, 2009

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Julieraptor, Sid Vicious, Kleptoraptor… Who was the raptor really? A well-reknowned hobby paleontologist, Nathan Murphy, has been charged with theft for excavating a raptor in 2002 and failing to notify the owner of the land it was found on. His defense is that he didn’t realize whose land it was; he thought it was a […]

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