APRIL FOOLS' DAY PICTURES: Four Historic Science Hoaxes

APRIL FOOLS' DAY PICTURES: Four Historic Science Hoaxes
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Archaeoraptor

It's true that dinosaurs are related to birds. But one purported missing link turned out to be foul play. Archaeoraptor liaoningensis, a birdlike creature with the tail of a carnivorous dinosaur, was featured in National Geographic magazine and displayed at the National Geographic Society in Washington, D.C., in 1999.

But like Piltdown Man, the find proved too good to be true. What's now dubbed the Piltdown Chicken was a composite of fossils from two different creatures. National Geographic confirmed the mistake in April 2000. (The National Geographic Society owns National Geographic News.)

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