An important fossil turns out to be a fake

What was believed to be traces of preserved skin has been mentioned several times in books and scholarly articles, but the “skin” has never been examined in detail. Its appearance indicates an unusual method of preserving the fossil, which has caused problems in classification and age determination.

Soft tissues are rarely preserved, but when we find a fossil with its traces, we can learn a lot of important information about the animal – its color, internal anatomy, and physiology.says Dr. Valentina Rossi of University College Cork, whose team open forgery.

The fossil has been previously studied, among other things. Using ultraviolet imaging. It was then observed that the entire sample was covered with some material. This was not surprising, because in the past it was customary to cover similar fossils with varnish for better preservation. This is sometimes done even today.

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