Raptor-Thieving Paleontologist Pleads Guilty to State Charges

Posted on March 11, 2009


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 to felony theft. He faces up to 10 years in jail and a $50,000 fine on the state charges.

The federal charge of stealing government property remains, however. The maximum sentence is 10 years and a $250,000 fine.

Read Paleontologist Murphy pleads guilty to stealing valuable dinosaur on the Great Falls Tribune.