skeleton would have, not a rat!!! Simply amazing. No doubt this fossil will end up proudly displayed onsomeone's shelf or worse yet, offered for a substantial price by some foolish or crooked dealer!
TYPES OF FAKE CHINESE FOSSILS
There are two main types of "FAKE" fossils coming out of China - those are that complete outright fakesand those that have a small amount of real fossil but the
of the piece is fabricated (and often intoa fantasy or non-related species). Since both types are worthless, then we use the same term of "FAKE"for both in this article. The fraudulent Chinese fossil market offers both types as being GENUINE.We have observed expertly done Chinese fossil fakes being sold on both Ebay and a few large fossildealer websites.Many of these CHINESE FAKE FOSSILS have sold for THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS withseveral selling for WELL OVER TEN THOUSAND DOLLARS! Amazingly, many are being sold shortly after being listed!In a February 2000 issue of "New Scientist", an article focused on Chinese fossil fakery (New Scientist, "Fis for fake," 19 February 2000). Several highly experienced paleontologists expressed extreme cautionabout the authenticity of Chinese fossils. Most famous amongst them was internationally knownpaleontologist Dr. Larry Martin of the University of Kansas. Perhaps his comment offers the mostsobering warning to all fossil collectors and prospective buyers of Chinese fossils. Dr. Martin stated
"atthe moment, I don't trust any of these specimens until I see the X rays!".
The problem areas of Chinese fake fossils to watch for changes every year. This list is not meant to be acomprehensive one but where we have seen some serious issues in the fossil trade. Known areas of Chinese fossil fakes are listed below BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO:
CHINESE FOSSIL SKELETON POSED ON MATRIX OR LOOSE, SHOULD BE HIGHLY SUSPECT!BIRD FOSSILSPTEROSAUR FOSSILSDINOSAUR SKELETONS AND SKULLSDINOSAUR CLAWSDINOSAUR EGGSMAMMAL SKELETONS AND SKULLS (
SABER CATS)KEICHOUSAURS AND OTHER AQUATIC REPTILESICHTHYOSAURSFROG FOSSILSINSECT AND OTHER ARTHROPOD FOSSILS ON SLABSTURTLE FOSSILSCROCODILE FOSSILS
HOW THEY FAKE AND ENHANCE THE FOSSILS
The techniques are both ingenious and varied as to what the Chinese do to fabricate and substantiallyenhance fossils. Most Chinese fossils are made by a combination of these processes. These techniquesinclude:1) Using real materials (bones, teeth, body parts) to embed in glue, resin and plaster to create a completefake fossil composite on a slab or piece of matrix. (i.e. using modern chicken or frog bones glued to
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