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FILE - In this April 16, 2016, file photo, Montana Gov. Steve Bullock accepts a fossilized rib and tail vertebrae from a triceratops from Luke Phipps, 12, at the State Capitol in Helena, Mont., after the governor signed a bill to clarify that fossils are part of a property's surface rights, not its mineral rights, unless a contract separating the ownership says otherwise. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on June 17, 2020, upheld a federal judge's ruling that said dinosaur fossils are part of a property's surface estate in an ongoing battle over ownership of millions of dollars of fossils unearthed on an eastern Montana ranch. (Thom Bridge/Independent Record via AP, File)

Court: Montana family owns dinosaur fossils worth millions

Jun. 23, 2020 3:03 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Dinosaur fossils worth millions of dollars unearthed on a Montana ranch belong to the owners of the land’s surface rights, not the owners of the mineral rights, a U.S. appeals court ruled. The June 17 ruling by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a 2016 decision by U.S....

FILE - In this Nov.14, 2013, file photo, one of two

Court says dinosaur fossils worth millions aren't minerals

May. 21, 2020 2:57 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Dinosaur fossils aren't minerals under state law, a divided Montana Supreme Court said in a ruling Wednesday that has implications in an ongoing legal battle over the ownership of millions of dollars of fossils unearthed on an eastern Montana ranch. Lige and Mary Ann Murray own the...