Nicolas Cage pulls up to a seemingly empty pier in the middle of the night and gets out of his car, flipping up the collar of his jacket to hide his face. He hurries to a dark corridor between two storage containers, where a mysterious silhouette is waiting. The actor passes over a briefcase full of money, and the figure opens his trenchcoat to reveal the skull of a Tyrannosaurus bataar. This isn't a scene from the third "National Treasure" movie. It's (basically) something that really happened — and although Nic was caught, you'd better believe that business in the fossil black market is still booming.
A Big Problem, No Bones About It
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Inside The Dinosaur Fossil Black Market
Written by Reuben Westmaas October 23, 2017
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