Feeds

US authorities round up ILLEGAL DINOSAURS for repatriation

Poached egg also sent back whence it came by Immigration

Intelligent flash storage arrays

A group of unusual Asian immigrants, smuggled into the US by unscrupulous criminals, has been returned to its country of origin following an investigation by federal immigration and security operatives.

The AP reports that US Attorney Preet Bharara announced the repatriation of no less than 18 distinguished Mongolians this week, following a joint operation by US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the New York office of Homeland Security Investigations.

The Mongolians in question were all long deceased and fossilised dinosaurs, "illegally poached and smuggled out of the Asian country between 2005 and 2012", according to the AP.

Reportedly the repatriated remains included "two Tyrannosaurus bataar skeletons, a dinosaur egg and two skeletons of Gallimimus".

Aiding the feds in their investigation was rogue private sector paleontologist Eric Prokopi, who had audaciously smuggled an entire tyrannosaur skeleton into the States before reassembling it and selling it for more than a million dollars. However the illicit tyrannosaur was later seized by the federales and Prokopi was cuffed. He pled guilty to charges and cut a deal, apparently turning stool-pigeon and leading the heat to "many skeletons they did not know about". He was given three months in prison recently.

Bharara apparently couldn't resist the temptation, announcing the dino repatriations, to say:

"This is a historic event for the US Attorney's office, in addition to being a pre-historic event." ®

Security for virtualized datacentres

More from The Register

next story
Boffins who stare at goats: I do believe they’re SHRINKING
Alpine chamois being squashed by global warming
Comet Siding Spring revealed as flying molehill
Hiding from this space pimple isn't going to do humanity's reputation any good
Experts brand LOHAN's squeaky-clean box
Phytosanitary treatment renders Vulture 2 crate fit for export
LONG ARM of the SAUR: Brachially gifted dino bone conundrum solved
Deinocheirus mirificus was a bit of a knuckle dragger
MARS NEEDS WOMEN, claims NASA pseudo 'naut: They eat less
'Some might find this idea offensive' boffin admits
No sail: NASA spikes Sunjammer
'Solar sail' demonstrator project binned
Carry On Cosmonaut: Willful Child is a poor taste Star Trek parody
Cringeworthy, crude and crass jokes abound in Steven Erikson’s sci-fi debut
prev story

Whitepapers

Choosing cloud Backup services
Demystify how you can address your data protection needs in your small- to medium-sized business and select the best online backup service to meet your needs.
Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Storage capacity and performance optimization at Mizuno USA
Mizuno USA turn to Tegile storage technology to solve both their SAN and backup issues.