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10 More of the Greatest Scientific Hoaxes of All Time

Billy Meier's Pterodactyl

Billy Meier is essentially persona non grata in paranormal circles, notorious for coming forward with clearly fabricated U.F.O. photos and alleged encounters with a race of humanoid aliens known as the Plejaren. But in a move totally out of left field, Meier shocked the world—or at least attempted to—with photographic evidence validating the existence of the long-extinct Pterodactyl. Closer scrutiny of the photo revealed that he’d merely snapped a pic of a painting from the book Life Before Man. The more we think about it, we don’t know if this hoax is unbelievably desperate or incredibly sad.

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