Concept

Chimera (paleontology)

Summary
In paleontology, a chimera is a fossil that was reconstructed with elements coming from more than a single species or genus of animal. In other words, they are mistakes or sometimes hoaxes made by paleontologists, putting together parts that do not come from the same organism. A now classic example of chimera is Protoavis. List of paleontological chimeras
  • Archaeoraptor
  • Dalianraptor?
  • Lametasaurus?
  • Protoavis
  • Piltdown Man
  • Ultrasauros
  • Ornithopsis hulkei
  • Teihivenator
  • Dakotaraptor?
  • Avalonianus
  • Kootenichela?
  • Polacanthoides?
  • Precursor?
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