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DINOSAUR FRAUDS, HOAXES AND “FRANKENSTEINS”: HOW TO DISTINGUISH FAKE AND GENUINE VERTEBRATE FOSSILS

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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.

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Affiliations
[Dept. of Earth Sciences (CICEGe-FCT), New University of Lisbon, Lisbon, Portugal]
[Museu da Lourinhã, Rua João Luis de Moura, 2530-157 Lourinhã, Portugal]
[National Natural History Museum Naturalis, Leiden, The Netherlands]
[Faculty of Geosciences, Utrecht University, Utrecht, The Netherlands]
[Clínica Montepio, Caldas da Rainha, Portugal]
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16465806
JOURNAL OF PALEONTOLOGICAL TECHNIQUES
GEAL, Museu da Lourinha (Portugal)
1646-5806
2008
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© 2008 Mateus et al.

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