Remember the bird dinosaur? Yeah. Fake. I mentioned the find to a friend of mine, and she said she thought she heard it was a hoax, and sure enough it was.
Recently, while examining a dromaeosaurid dinosaur in a private collection in China, Xu decided that the Archaeoraptor fossil is a chimera. The tail of that dinosaur is identical to the Archaeoraptor tail, he told Science News.
The two tails are mirror images of each other, derived from the same individual, says Xu. When rocks containing fossils are split, they often break into two fossils. Currie suspects that someone sought to enhance the value of Archaeoraptor by pasting one part of the dinosaur’s tail to a bird fossil. Read the rest.