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China Regains Fossils Seized in California

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Science  28 Jun 2002:
Vol. 296, Issue 5577, pp. 2311
DOI: 10.1126/science.296.5577.2311a

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BEIJING-- Fourteen tons of Chinese fossils are back in their native country after a failed attempt to smuggle them into the United States. The shipment, which includes a 225-million-year-old ichthyosaur and a large number of exquisite crinoids--a kind of echinoderm called a sea lily--dating from the same period, arrived here earlier this month after being seized a year ago in San Diego, California.