HOW WAS YOUR DAY? Are you taking in as much of the perfect fall air as you can before it quickly transforms into cold, painful winter air? Did you get the final pieces for your Halloween costume? Did you fall down the steps? How much coffee did you drink? Did your crush tweet at you? Did the guest of your dreams finally agree to be on your podcast? Well, even if he or she didn’t, I can guarantee that your day isn’t going as badly as Nicolas Cage’s day, because HE MIGHT GET HIS DINOSAUR SKULL TAKEN AWAY! From Moviefone:
The UK’s Telegraph reports that Cage purchased the Tyrannosaurus bataar skull for $276,000 in 2007, outbidding fellow actor Leonardo DiCaprio for the 67 million-year-old fossil. The Tyrannosaurus bataar is a close relative of the T-Rex, and native to Mongolia.
Which is perfect, obviously, no duh we all know that this is perfect so far, but the only problem is that the section of the Gobi Desert from which Nicolas Cage’s dinosaur skull was taken is a target for looters who illegally smuggle the dino bones out in order to sell them to innocent buyers like Nicolas Cage and not Leonardo DiCaprio! Oh nooooo!
One infamous bone broker is American Eric Prokopi, who pleaded guilty last year to illegally importing fossils from China and Mongolia, and is currently facing a possible 17-year prison sentence. According to the former director of the natural history department at the auction house where Cage purchased his Tyrannosaurus bataar, the actor’s fossil came from a collection brought in by Prokopi.
The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement division, currently on a mission to investigate the depth of Prokopi’s illegal business, could now seize Cage’s fossil as part of their mounting evidence in a larger case against Prokopi.