The Bizarre True Crime Story Surrounding a ‘Big Sexy Dinosaur’

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Customs officials return T. bataar skeleton to Mongolia. Image: Michael Johnson/ICE

It’s a tale so expansive that Nicolas Cage, Preet Bharara, and a colossal carnivorous dinosaur that lived some 70 million years ago are all entangled in its web. That alone should pique your curiosity, but it barely scratches the surface of the paleontological true crime story that unfolds in The Dinosaur Artist by Paige Williams, out from Hachette on Tuesday.

The book is centered on Floridian fossil hunter and dealer Eric Prokopi, the man behind the dinosaur defendant in the fantastically named court case: United States of America v. One Tyrannosaurus Bataar Skeleton.

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Prosecuted by the US District Court for the Southern District of


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