Nicolas Cage agrees to return rare, stolen dinosaur skull to Mongolia

When it comes to Nicolas Cage, we seem to have reached a point where life is imitating art. Put simply: Nic Cage is now living a Nic Cage movie.

According to BBC News, the actor outbid Leonardo DiCaprio for a  Tyrannosaurus bataar skull in 2007 — unaware it had actually been stolen. The bataar was, put simply, a cousin to the T-Rex. Cage bought the skull legitimately for $276,000 from a Beverley Hills gallery. But once the circumstances of the skull were made clear, the legendary actor agreed to voluntarily return the skull.

A publicist for Cage said the actor was contacted by the Department of Homeland Security and told the skull might be stolen in 2014. Investigators eventually confirmed the skull had been taken illegally from Mongolia, and Cage agreed to give it back. Cage is not accused of any wrongdoing in the case. The skull will be returned to U.S. authorities and then repatriated to Mongolia.

Though Cage’s involvement obviously makes this much weirder and higher-profile, more than a dozen Mongolian fossils have been stolen and recovered in the past three years. So, seriously, this is a pretty good jumping-off point for National Treasure 3: The Case of the Stolen Skull, right?

(Via BBC News)

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