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Famous fossil is actually just paint, rocks and a couple of bones, researchers say

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Famous fossil is actually just paint, rocks and a couple of bones, researchers say

An ancient reptile fossil discovered in the Italian Alps in 1931 has been revealed to be largely fake, according to new research. The 280 million-year-old fossil, believed to be a well-preserved specimen, has been found to be black paint covering a pair of bones and carved rock, casting doubt on its authenticity.

The discovery has raised questions about the nature of the creature it once was and serves as a reminder of the importance of re-examining ancient fossil specimens in museum collections using the latest technological methods. The fossil, initially thought to be skin and soft tissue, was considered to be an important piece in understanding the early evolution of reptiles.

However, new analysis revealed that the fossil’s dark color is not preserved genetic material, but just black paint. The team behind the study used ultraviolet photography and powerful microscopes to examine the fossil and determine its true nature. The revelation raises the possibility of new questions and insights about ancient fossils and the methods used to study them.

The discovery comes as a reminder that even rare and unique fossil finds should be scrutinized with advanced techniques to reveal their true nature. “Tridentinosaurus is an example of how science can reveal old secrets and how new questions can arise from them,” said one of the study’s authors. “Then it will be the task of our museum to process the new knowledge acquired and bring it closer to the public to lead a scientific and cultural debate.”

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