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Fake "Archeoraptor" Fossil Identified

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Posted By Saruman on Sunday, November 24 2002

Subject: Fake "Archeoraptor" Fossil Identified

A fossil once hailed as the missing link between dinosaurs and birds and later found to be a fake is mainly the remains of an extinct bird, scientists said on Wednesday.

When the 120 million-year-old Chinese fossil called Archaeoraptor was discovered in 1999, National Geographic magazine touted it as a major find that could settle the debate about whether birds evolved from dinosaurs.

But upon closer examination a panel of experts concluded the fossil was a composite consisting of the tail of a tiny dinosaur and bits of at least one other animal that had been cleverly glued together.

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