The Archaeoraptor fossil had been featured as a \"missing link\" between Dinosaurs and Birds and is a clever fake

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The Archaeoraptor fossil had been featured as a "missing link" between Dinosaurs and Birds and is a clever fake

The Archaeoraptor fossil, from the Liaoning region of China, had been featured in National Geographic magazine as a "missing link" between Dinosaurs and Birds. Its a fake ....

Here, in one animal, was a unique range of dinosaur and bird features. It had the skull and upper body of a bird, but the teeth and hands of a dinosaur. It also had the legs of a bird but the tail of a dinosaur. It was the most complete set of transitional features ever found in one creature. The debate, started by Thomas Huxley in the 1860s, seemed to have been resolved.

Xu Xing from Beijing University first questioned the Archaeoraptor's authenticity. Within months, new finds in China showed Archaeoraptor to be an extremely clever fake.

The head and upper body of a hitherto unidentified bird had been glued onto the tail of a previously unknown dinosaur. It was a journalistic disaster for National Geographic Magazine.

The fossil, however, was anything but a disaster for paleontology.

By an extraordinary stroke of good luck, as scientists in China and America examined the head and tail separately, they found that both were, in their own right, unique and extremely valuable specimens.

(Note in the video that despite showing the fossil to be a fake, they still cobble together an excuse to still say that it was based on fact. )



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By netchicken: posted on 15-3-2010








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