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Old 12-24-2010, 05:22 PM   #1
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From 'Science' Volume 330, Issue 6012 (December 24 2010):

"Specialists and collectors around the world have long decried the flood of sham fossils pouring out of China. But Science has learned that many composites and fakes are now finding their way into Chinese museums, especially local museums. One paleontologist estimates that more than 80% of marine reptile specimens now on display in Chinese museums have been "altered or artificially combined to varying degrees." One consequence of the fakery is an erosion of trust in museums, which are supposed to enlighten—not con—the public. Scholars, too, pay a price: They waste time sifting authentic specimens from counterfeit chaff. And a genuine blockbuster fossil can be destroyed by attempts to enhance its appeal."
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I know for a fact that the metal based spear points are re created for museum displays. The average person can't tell the difference.
It's not to con the public....It's is a way of protecting the originals from thievery by placing the originals under lock and key.
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I know for a fact that the metal based spear points are re created for museum displays. The average person can't tell the difference.
It's not to con the public....It's is a way of protecting the originals from thievery by placing the originals under lock and key.
It certainly is a well-known fact that many display 'fossils' in museums are indeed replicas, but the Chinese examples cited in the Science article are a different kettle of fish in that they are intended to deceive. The Chinese appear good at this type of enterprise; coin collectors are bedeviled by a plethora of counterfeit coins, increasingly well-made, coming out of clandestine Chinese factories.
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