US to take control of dinosaur bones in NY on Friday, transfer to priceless-artifacts site
He said earlier this week that a consignor bought the fossils in good faith and spent a year and considerable expense restoring them.
Department of Homeland Security spokesman Luis Martinez said the dinosaurís remains will be taken in boxes to a government warehouse
, where they will be protected.
"We do not release the name or address of the storage site because we keep other priceless antiquities at this location," he said.
"The crates have been so stored since that time
, but we have also provided a secure inspection facility for a review of the contents by several representatives of Heritage, the Mongolian government and the U.S. border control authorities," he said.
The government said in court papers that the Tyrannosaurus bataar skeleton was moved in March 2010 from Great Britain to Gainesville, Fla., with erroneous claims that it had originated in Great Britain and was worth only $15,000.
Federal authorities say five experts viewed the remains on June 5, agreeing unanimously that the skeleton was a Tyrannosaurus bataar and almost certainly originated in the Nemegt Basin in Mongolia. It was believed to have been unearthed in the last 17 years.
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