NEW YORK (AFP) - A man accused of smuggling 70-million-year-old dinosaur skeletons, including a Tyrannosaur, into the United States pleaded guilty in court Thursday. Eric Prokopi, 38, who is to be sentenced on April 25, faces up to 17 years in jail and a $250,000 fine on charges of conspiring to smuggle illegal goods, transporting goods taken by fraud and using false statements to import goods. New York chief federal prosecutor Preet Bharara said “black marketers” who illegally export and sell fossils and ancient skeletons “steal a slice” of history. Prokopi tried to sell a Tyrannosaurus Bataar - a toothy relative of the larger Tyrannosaurus Rex - at auction in New York in May this year, when bids reached $1.05 million.