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Fossils of dinosaurs smuggled out of Mongolia return home
Central Asia | science | 12:16, 27 April 2016 | 1103

AKIPRESS.COM - The fossils of three baby dinosaurs which had been smuggled out of Mongolia returned home. The three Saurolohus belonged to a type of giant herbivore, which lived 70 million years in the Late Cretaceous, the last age of the dinosaurs, reports News.mn.

The fossils returned to Mongolia under a cooperation agreement between the Mongolian Ministry of Education, Culture and Science, the Belgian Scientific Policy Authority and the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Science, which covers Mongolian geological, paleontological and biological items of value which had been illegally smuggled abroad.

The remains of the dinosaurs will soon be on display at the Central Dinosaur Museum in Ulaanbaatar. During April, the U.S. authorities returned a number of valuable dinosaur fossils back to Mongolia, including a nest of Protoceratops eggs, a rare skull of a Alioramus and an almost complete Bactrosaurus skeleton. Over the last three years, 23 dinosaur fossils have been returned from the U.S.

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