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Preet Bharara, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District (Credit: Getty)

Preet Bharara, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, is seen at the podium behind parts from a 70-million-year-old, nearly complete Tyrannosaurus Bataar skeleton that will be returned to Mongolia. (May 6, 2013)

Dinosaur skeleton returned to Mongolia

The skeleton of a 70-million-year-old tyrannosaurus came to the United States as smuggled contraband following years of looting, but will return to its origins in Mongolia for its people to enjoy.

During an announcement by U.S. Attorney, U.S. Immigration
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During an announcement by U.S. Attorney, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Mongolian officials in New York, Mongolian Minister of Culture, Sport and Tourism Oyungerel Tsedevdamba poses with part of a 70-million-year-old, nearly complete Tyrannosaurus Bataar skeleton that will be repatriated to the government of Mongolia. (May 6, 2013)

Part of a 70-million-year-old, nearly complete Tyrannosaurus Bataar
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Part of a 70-million-year-old, nearly complete Tyrannosaurus Bataar skeleton that was looted from the Gobi Desert and illegally smuggled into the U.S is on display during announcement that the bones will be repatriated to Mongolia/ (May 6, 2013)

Mongolian Minister of Culture, Sport and Tourism Oyungerel
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Mongolian Minister of Culture, Sport and Tourism Oyungerel Tsedevdamba, left, and John Morton, right, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Director, hold the signed Certificate of Repatriation. Far left is Tsagaan Puntsag, chief of office of the President of Mongolia, and Preet Bharara, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York. (May 6, 2013)

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Part of a 70-million-year-old, nearly complete Tyrannosaurus Bataar
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Part of a 70-million-year-old, nearly complete Tyrannosaurus Bataar skeleton being repatriated to Mongolia. (May 6, 2013)

Mongolian Minister of Culture, Sport and Tourism Oyungerel
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Mongolian Minister of Culture, Sport and Tourism Oyungerel Tsedevdamba, second left, and John Morton, right, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Director, hold the signed Certificate of Repatriation with Tsagaan Puntsag, left, Chief of Office of the President of Mongolia, and Preet Bharara, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, over part of a 70 million-year-old, nearly complete Tyrannosaurus Bataar skeleton that will be repatriated to Mongolia. (May 6, 2013)

Mongolian Minister of Culture, Sport and Tourism Oyungerel
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Mongolian Minister of Culture, Sport and Tourism Oyungerel Tsedevdamba, left, Preet Bharara, center, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and Tsagaan Puntsag, right, Chief of Office of the President of Mongolia, stand next to part of a 70-million-year-old, nearly complete Tyrannosaurus Bataar skeleton. (May 6, 2013)

Preet Bharara, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District
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Preet Bharara, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, is seen at the podium behind parts from a 70-million-year-old, nearly complete Tyrannosaurus Bataar skeleton that will be returned to Mongolia. (May 6, 2013)

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