|Microraptor fossil recovered by ICE.|
Following the terms of the agreement, a federal district court last week sentenced Magovern to probation for illegally importing dinosaur specimens into the United States from China and Mongolia.
According to a press release issued by the agency, the smuggled objects included fossils dating as far back as 151 million years. They consisted of:
|Anchiornis fossil recovered by ICE.|
- a Chinese Sinovenator valued at approximately $70,000;
- an Anchiornis Huxley valued at approximately $100,000;
- a Protoceratops valued at approximately $250,000; and
- four Microraptors valued at approximately $38,000 to $45,000 each.
Magovern appears to have cooperated with authorities given his waiver of grand jury indictment, the quickness between the filing of the criminal complaint in July to the time of sentencing, and the actual terms of the sentence.
Photo credits: ICE
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