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Re: "Velociraptor fetus" fossil from Peru debunked as modern mammal



Here's an English-language version of the story:

http://www.peruthisweek.com/news-experts-confirm-that-peruvian-fossil-is-fake-100278

On Wed, Jul 3, 2013 at 8:54 AM, Ben Creisler <bcreisler@gmail.com> wrote:
> From: Ben Creisler
> bcreisler@gmail.com
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> 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:
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> http://www.larepublica.pe/03-07-2013/expertos-aseguran-que-fosil-de-dinosaurio-en-arequipa-es-falso
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> 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....