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Mongolia to launch dinosaur museum

English.news.cn   2013-01-13 12:22:00            

ULAN BATOR, Jan. 13 (Xinhua) -- The Mongolian government decided Saturday to open a museum to display dinosaur fossils to be brought back from the United States.

Without a museum dedicated to the dinosaurs, currently the country's about 500 dinosaur skeleton exhibits stay at the Paleontological Center of Academy of Sciences and Natural History Museum.

The new Central Dinosaur Museum of Mongolia's collections would also include Tyrannosaurus Bataar and Saurolophus and Oviraptor skeletons, the Mongolian fossils smuggled to the United States and soon to be returned to their homeland by the U.S. government.

A 70-million-year-old Tyrannosaurus Bataar skeleton unearthed in Mongolia's southern gobi desert was recently sold at a New York auction for more than one million U.S. dollars. It was seized by U.S. Department of Homeland Security after Mongolia said it was illegally smuggled.

Editor: Yang Lina
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