In a tale of time traveler gone bad, amateur dinosaur hunter, Nathan Murphy, the fellow who found the famous duck-billed dinosaur Leonardo in the burnt-umber badlands of Montana’s Hell Creek back in 2002, has pleaded guilty to paleontological theft. The clays, mudstones and sandstones of the Hell Creek Formation house a significant paleontological bone bed home to many Cretaceous dinosaurs, crocodylian osteoderm fragments, dermal plates of fossil gars and the archaeological remains from the Sioux, Crow and Blackfeet First Nations.
Murphy is sorry for the trouble he's caused, but apologies weren't enough for the court. He's been sentenced to 300 hours of community service and just over $17,000 in restitution.
Hell Creek Dinosaur Hunter Found Guilty