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10 More of the Greatest Scientific Hoaxes of All Time

By Steven Romano Apr 22, 2013

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Archaeoraptor

In 1997, a farmer from Xiasanjiazi, China discovered the fossil remains of a toothed bird he intended to sell illegally to dealers before the rare find shattered during excavation. Undaunted, the man unearthed fossil remains from various theropod dinosaurs and cemented them together. Smuggled into America, the bizarre hodgepodge fell into the hands of dinosaur enthusiasts Stephen A. and Sylvia Czerkas in 1999, believing it to be an unidentified species that bridged the gap of evolution between dinosaurs and birds. Afterward, the Czerkas, National Geographic, and a handful of fossil experts found themselves embroiled in a confusing mess of public humiliation when the "Archaeoraptor" remains were concluded to be fake.

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Steven Romano

Like Captain America, Steven Romano is just a boy from Brooklyn. When he isn't contributing to The MindHut and other geeky websites, Steven's hard at work writing his first novel and comic book scripts. Follow him on Twitter @Steven_Romano, and swing by his blog: stevenromano.tumblr.com

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