Dinosaurs and other fossils have been artificially enhanced, or totally forged, to
increase their commercial value. The most problematic forgeries to detect are based
on original fossils that are artificially assembled. Several techniques are suggested
for detecting hoaxes: detailed visual examination, chemical analysis, X-ray or CT-scan,
and ultraviolet light.
It is recommended that museums and paleontological researchers do not purchase and/or
trade fossils lacking clear provenience information. Exceptions to that general rule
should be closely examined using techniques described herein.