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"Velociraptor fetus" fossil from Peru debunked as modern mammal



From: Ben Creisler
bcreisler@gmail.com


OK... The experts (Rodolfo Salas and César Chacaltana) finally broke
the bad news. The supposed fossil Velociraptor from Peru is a modern
opossum. Here's the news story in Spanish:



http://www.larepublica.pe/03-07-2013/expertos-aseguran-que-fosil-de-dinosaurio-en-arequipa-es-falso


This story shows that fascination with dinosaurs and fossils (and
their potential economic value to attract tourists) is international.
As the video interview indicated, the mayor apparently decided it was
a "Velociraptor" after looking on the Internet. The earlier discovery
of dinosaur tracks in the region may have encouraged such wishful
thinking and jumping to wrong conclusions....