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Man pleads not guilty to stealing dinosaur print

Published on May 01, 2014 at 06:31AM

A Utah man accused of stealing a priceless fossilized dinosaur footprint that’s never been recovered pleaded not guilty Wednesday to federal charges. Prosecutors say 35-year-old Jared Ehlers, of Moab, dislodged a piece of sandstone with a tree-toed dinosaur track from the Hell’s Revenge jeep trail in the Sand Flats Recreation Area near Moab in eastern Utah. Bureau of Land Management paleontologist say the print is from the Jurassic Period and up to 190 million years old. Officials have not been able to find the stone since it was removed Feb. 17. Prosecutors believe Ehlers later dumped the print into the Colorado River but declined to comment on a motive. His attorney, Tara Isaacson, says Ehlers had no intention of selling the footprint buy declined to offer further details.