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Mongolian fossils smuggled in Wyoming returned home

Mongolian fossils smuggled in Wyoming returned home

(Wyoming) - U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) returned a variety of dinosaur skeletons and other fossils to the Mongolian government yesterday, April 5 in New York. The fossils were recovered by HSI as a result of investigations in Wyoming and New York. Mongolian patrimony laws prohibit the export of dinosaur fossils, as well as the private ownership of these items. The returned pieces include nearly complete skeletons of Bactrosaurus, Protoceratops and Psittcosaurus, a nest of Protoceratops eggs, and the skulls of an Alioramus and a Psittcosaurus. In the recent past, at least two individuals have been sentenced for illegally smuggling Mongolia fossils in Wyoming. It is unclear at this time if any of the fossils returned this week were in connection to Jackson man John Rolater's sentencing in 2014 or Charles Magovern's , of Colorado, sentencing last year. “Today’s ceremony is an excellent demonstration of the cooperation between HSI, our colleagues at the Department of Justice and our foreign counterparts with the Government of Mongolia,” said Peter T. Edge, HSI’s executive associate director. “A successful repatriation requires extensive cooperation among all parties involved, which is rewarded by the knowledge that we’ve returned what rightfully belongs to the people of Mongolia.” *h/t ICE* #buckrail #county10 #reboot