Another dinosaur forgery exposed! This one conned paleontologists for nearly 90 years

A small, fossilized reptile that paleontologists adamantly claimed was 280 million years old and existed before the age of dinosaurs has just been declared a fake, the Western Journal reports.

Called, Tridentinosaurus antiquus, it was discovered in the Italian Alps in the 1930s and gained international fame because its soft tissue was remarkably preserved “as a carbonaceous film.”

Paleontologists have studied and waxed eloquently about this remarkable find declaring it to be the oldest ‘mummy’ fossil ever discovered. They even wrote scientific articles confidently stating it had been killed in a volcanic eruption.

Of course, that was before researchers from the University of Cork recently discovered, via an ‘ultraviolet light analysis’, that the carbonaceous film was actually just black paint.

Though some of it may be an actual fossil, their research also revealed that the supposed back legs were also circa 1930. In other words, they were deliberately faked.

No indication if the individuals responsible for this exemplary forgery, which conned the world’s paleontologists for nearly 90 years, were from the same school of an earlier forgery, the Piltdown man.

Discovered in Piltdown, England in 1912, it was hailed as the definitive proof of the link between apes and humans, because of its human-like skull and ape-like jawbone. It was promoted in textbooks around the world as the missing link.

Then in 1953, it was also exposed as a deliberate and elaborate forgery that included having the bones bleached to mimic aging.

As the Western Journal explains these are just one of many fine forgeries that have been hailed by paleontologists. Others include the Nebraska man and the “Archaeoraptor,” discovered in 1999 and said to be the definite moment when dinosaurs became birds.

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