Fake Fossil Makes Fools of Evolutionists

There are several reasons to fake things, including replicas. Money, prestige, grant money, pranks, pushing the fish-to-fool evolution narrative, and more. Replicas and souvenirs are fine as long as they are not marketed as the real thing, which makes them forgeries. When it comes to fossils and paleontology, fraudulent fossils are a serious problem.

A famous fraud is Piltdown Man, which fooled evolutionists for over forty years. More recently, Archaeoraptor was put forward. Those and others should have been scrutinized without Darwin worldview glasses that contaminate perceptions — and rejected.

Supposedly there are mountains of evidence supporting evolution. Then there should not be numerous fake fossils like T. antiquus fooling evolutionists.
Tridentinosaurus antiquus, WikiComm / Ghedoghedo (CC BY-SA 4.0), modified at PhotoFunia
Some forgeries are not just a bit of fun, but are intended to push the evolution story. Why, if evolution were a fact with "mountains of evidence," is there so much fraud? Keep the pressure on! Earlier, I mentioned Darwin worldview glasses. Some bad science creeps into the narrative because it confirms the biases of secularists; facts are tweaked to fit the story. Then it is found that those were not facts after all.

A fossil of Tridentinosaurus antiquus baffled scientists for almost an 'undred years. They argued about where to place it in the evolutionary tree, how to classify it, and all that good stuff. It was fake, and wasn't all that good a forgery in the first place. We all know why this happens: They unrighteously suppress knowledge of the Creator.
Modifying fossils to prove evolution, or to prove some private interpretation of evolution, or to bring more money from a sale of the item, are not uncommon. The search words “fossil fakes” in Google-Scholar brought 19,400 results. Furthermore, scores of books have been penned on the subject of fossil fakes.

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The case reviewed in this paper involves “a famous 280-million-year-old fossil found to be a fake.” This fake is of the extinct reptile Tridentinosaurus antiquus, a 20 cm (8 in.)-long, lizard-like reptile with a slender body, relatively long neck, and pentadactyl (five-toed) limbs. It was first discovered in 1931 in the Italian Alps.

This fossil’s main claim to fame was being one of the oldest fossils of a backboned lizard found buried in Italy. The excitement was also due to the claim that the fossil, dated by evolutionists to be 280 million years old, was an important evidence for early-reptile evolution. Even more important was the fact that the fossil displayed evidence of soft tissue.

Read the whole thing at "Fake News: This Fossil Was Painted On."