Wow, what a day. Earlier today we passed 1,000 signatures. I have been especially encouraged by the strong response from the Mongolian community, thanks in large part to Mongolian language translation of the petition generously provided by paleontologist Dr. Bolortsetseg Minjin.
Now for the bad news. In spite of the temporary restraining order issued yesterday by a Texas district court judge (link below), Heritage Auctions elected to move forward with the auction. Ultimately, the Tarbosaurus skeleton was sold for $1,052,500 to an undisclosed buyer. Heritage Auctions has stated that this sale is "contingent upon resolution of a Texas state court proceeding."
In light of today's events, it will be increasingly important to maintain public awareness and pressure for full disclosure of the circumstances surrounding the discovery, collection and eventual sale of these fossils. Please continue to promote this petition and spread the word about these important developments.