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Re: Dinosaur Hoaxes



On Fri, Oct 21, 2011 at 3:38 PM,  <john-schneiderman@cox.net> wrote:
> What are the top 10 Dinosaur Hoaxes, Frauds, Chimeras, Forgeries, Modified
> remains, or Misidentifications?

There are a lot of cases of chimeras. Off the top of my head,
Vulcanodon was originally assumed to be omnivorous or carnivorous
because of theropod teeth that were associated with it.

There are probably even more cases of misidentification. Possibly the
worst is "Aachenosaurus", thought to be a hadrosaur, but in fact a
piece of petrified wood! A close runner-up would be 'Succinodon",
thought to be a titanosaur but also a piece of wood, filled with holes
left by wood-boring mollusks. (It gets runner-up because at least it's
partly animalian, as opoosed to all-plant.)

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T. Michael Keesey
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