Nicolas Cage Is Going to Return the Stolen Dinosaur Skull He Bought

by John Boone 11:30 AM PST, December 22, 2015
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First of all, just know that Nicolas Cage did nothing wrong here.

Still, here is a sentence we didn’t expect to type today: The National Treasure actor has agreed to return a dinosaur skull he bought in 2007 after learning it had been illegally smuggled out of Mongolia.

Cage purchased the rare Tyrannosaurus bataar skull for $276,000 from I.M. Chait, a Beverly Hills gallery, his rep confirms to ET. Fun fact: The 51-year-old actor apparently out-bid Leonardo DiCaprio for it.

(Dodged a bullet there, Leo!)

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Remains of the Tyrannosaurus bataar -- not to be confused with its famous cousin, the Tyrannosaurus rex -- have only been discovered in Mongolia, so the country made it illegal to remove dinosaur fossils in 1924.

Last week, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York Preet Bharara filed a civil forfeiture complaint demanding that the skull be returned, Reuters reports, and Cage has now agreed to it.

And so ends the saga of Nicolas Cage’s stolen dinosaur skull.

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