Archaeoraptor – Chimaeras and Fakes – Part 3

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.

Figure 1. At left Archaeoraptor as it appeared. At right Archaeraptor as it was assembled into a chimaera, from Rowe et al. 2001.

Figure 1. At left Archaeoraptor as it appeared. At right Archaeraptor as it was assembled into a chimaera, from Rowe et al. 2001.

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.

References
Knevitt O. 2011. The 5 Greatest Palaeontology Hoaxes of all Time #3. Archaeoraptoronline 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.

Wiki/Archaeoraptor

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