By Sarah Keane • 11 October 2020 • 12:32
DINOSAUR skeletons and eggs seized in the Port of Valencia.
A total of 4000 specimens were discovered, including a prehistoric horse tooth, dinosaur eggs and a complete specimen of a dinosaur skeleton. The local police disclosed that the fossils would have had a street value of €150million if sold on the black market.
The culprits had also hidden several live animals in the shipment amongst the fossils, allegedly in the hopes of smuggling them to Europe.
The container was initially inspected from the outside by agents of the National Police and the Tax Agency in February at the Port of Valencia; a further search of the interior in March led to the findings. The information wasn’t made public until October.
Argentine Customs Authorities alerted the Spanish authorities and it was confirmed that the haul, considered to be “of great paleontological value” was illegally imported from the Rosendo Pascual Paleontological Museum in Argentina.
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Former teacher and health services manager with a Degree in English, Sarah moved to Spain from Southern Ireland with her husband, who runs his own car rental business, in 2019. She is now enjoying a completely different pace and quality of life on the Costa Blanca South, with wonderful Spanish and expat friends in Cabo Roig. Sarah began working with Euro Weekly News in 2020 and loves nothing more than bringing all the latest national and international news to her local community.
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