At a press conference held at National Geographic Headquarters October 15, a team of Geographic-supported experts unveiled the fossil, which they named Archaeoraptor liaoningensis. At the time, the team members announced that the 125-million-year-old creature, as well as two other fossils from Although the mass media present China today as “progressive,” especially after the 2008 Olympics fanfare, it remains among the world’s cruelest regimes. The term “Red China” is not anachronistic. Though certainly less oppressive than during the Cultural Revolution, when it executed millions, China is still governed by a single regime, the Communist Party, which requires members to be atheists. It imprisons dissidents without due process, oppresses Tibet, and enforces a policy, backed by(...)
This ‘evolutionary find of the century’ purportedly proved bird-dinosaur evolution. The National Geographic Society ‘trumpeted the fossil’s discovery … as providing a true missing link in the complex chain that connects dinosaurs to birds’. The authenticity of Archaeoraptor, which ‘some prominent paleontologist’ saw as ‘the long-sought key to a mystery of evolution’ was reviewed by Simons. Simons’ research concluded the fossil was a fraud. High-resolution x-ray CT work found ‘unmatched pieces, skillfully pasted over’. The fraud was also determined to be ‘put together badly—deceptively’ (p.130) involving ‘zealots and cranks’, ‘rampant egos clashing’, ‘misplaced confidence’ and ‘wishful thinking’. It was the Piltdown Man all over again. Simons adds that this is a story in which ‘none’ of those involved looks good. [Simons, L.M., Archaeoraptor fossil trail, National Geographic 198(4):128–132, 2000.]
What was supposed to be startling news has turned out to be yet one more example of the scientific community peddling fraud as scientific fact. The discovery was remarkable. Archaeologists in China had unearthed a fossil of a half-bird/half- dinosaur. This fossil was proclaimed to be irrefutable evidence of a transitional form between one species and another — evidence that evolutionists have long sought but never found.
Then the truth came out. In reality, the Archaeoraptor fossil turned out to be the remains of two animals pieced together. While some call it an honest mistake, most now believe that it was actually an elaborate and deliberate hoax. But why, you may ask, is the scientific community so quick to embrace disreputable evidence? And why would an institution like National Geographic fail to take steps to confirm the reliability of such an amazing discovery?
The answer: They’re desperate. You see, the lack of any evidence for transitional forms is one of Darwinism’s dirty little secrets, and some scientists would do just about anything to keep it a secret – even to the point of fabricating evidence.
National Geographic would sort of admit to the ‘mistake’, but certainly not the elaborate and deliberate fraud. Their retraction:
Following the announcement, team member Xu Xing of Beijing’s Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology (IVPP) returned home to China and traveled to Liaoning Province, where the fossil was discovered. While there inspecting the fossil site his suspicions began to grow that the dinosaur-like tail might not belong to the rest of the animal. Following leads among Chinese fossil dealers, in late December Xu Xing visited a collector and found a fossil, which, he now suspects, is the counterpart to the tail of the Archaeoraptor specimen. In addition, CT scans of the fossil, funded by National Geographic, seem to confirm Xu Xing’s suspicions.
“It was disappointing to learn that Archaeoraptor may be a combination of animals,” said Christopher Sloan, senior assistant editor of NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC and author of the magazine’s article about the find, published last November. “But we’re still convinced that Archaeoraptor is an important specimen. After all, if it is a composite, it is a composite of some very important 125 million-year-old fossils.