Radioactive Mongolian Dinosaurs and the People Who Love Them


Here are some subjects with which this (extremely long) New Yorker article concerns itself:

  • The history of fossil collection, both scientific and commercial.
  • A box of shoes “that turned out to be the skulls of Chinese dinosaurs.”
  • A letter from a fossil poacher to a mysterious dealer named “Butts.”
  • A court case called United States of America v. One Tyrannosaurus Bataar Skeleton.
  • Like two hundred other bizarre and fascinating aspects of the black market for dinosaur bones.

Lauren O'Neal is an MFA student at San Francisco State University. Her writing has appeared in publications like Slate, The New Inquiry, and The Hairpin. You can follow her on Twitter at @laureneoneal. More from this author →