It has been called a scandal, a hoax, an embarrassment and a fraud. If you’re already familiar with the story of Archaeoraptor, I’m not adding anything new here. Everyone already knows Archaeoraptor was a chimaera, another “complete” fossil put together from bits and pieces of several specimens. The references below, especially Wiki, tell the story.
Let’s not forget that the individual pieces still hold scientific value when separated.
This music video from the Offspring should be the final word.
Knevitt O. 2011. The 5 Greatest Palaeontology Hoaxes of all Time #3. Archaeoraptor. online here.
Rowe T, Ketcham RA, Denison C, Colbert M, Xu X, and Currie PJ 2001. Forensic palaeontology: The Archaeoraptor forgery. Nature 410 (6828) (March 29): 539-540. doi:10.1038/35069145. abstract here.
Online BBC video documentary here.
A paper written on fossil fakes is online here.