Spanish authorities seize 4,000 illegally imported fossils

A CONTAINER housing 4,000 disguised fossils including five dinosaur eggs valued at €150,000 shipped from Argentina has been impounded by National Police and officials of the Spanish Tax Agency as they were unloaded in the Port of Valencia.

The Spanish Authorities had been alerted to the possible illegal shipment of these fossils by Argentinian Customs and the discovery resulted in the arrest of two individuals in the South American country and once the items have been properly reviewed and logged by experts from CITES it is expected that they will be returned to Argentina.

Many of the items found are of exceptional historical value and one in particular, the tooth of a horse suggests that America was the origin of the species which then spread across the world via the Bering Straits.

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Married to Ophelia in Gibraltar in 1978, John has spent much of his life travelling on security print and minting business and visited every continent except Antarctica. Having retired several years ago, the couple moved to their house in Estepona and John became a regular news writer for the EWN Media Group taking particular interest in Finance, Gibraltar and Costa del Sol Social Scene. Share your story with us by emailing [email protected], by calling +34 951 38 61 61 or by messaging our Facebook page