Tyrannosaurus dinosaur skeleton sold amid controversy

A row has broken out over the sale of a dinosaur skeleton at auction in the US.

The rare Tyrannosaurus Bataar, seven metres long (23ft), was bought by an anonymous bidder for more than $1m (£630,000) in New York.

The sale went ahead despite protests from the Mongolian president.

Elbegdorj Tsakhia says the skeleton, unearthed in the Gobi Desert, came from Mongolia and that exporting fossils found in the country is illegal.

The auctioneers, Heritage Auctions, say the specimen was imported legally. A restraining court order in the name of Mr Tsakhia was put on the sale.

Tyrannosaurus Bataar is an Asian cousin of the meat-eating Tyrannosaurus Rex — via redwolf.newsvine.com

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