The Skeptics Society & Skeptic magazine

Fossil Fakes, Pt 2 (issue #42)

Junior Skeptic cover


Skeptic Vol 17n01 cover
Junior Skeptic can be found within this issue of Skeptic magazine.

in this issue

Fossil Fakes, Pt 2
  • Digging Into Fossils
  • Does Nature Lie?
  • The Lying Stones of Johann Beringer
  • Fossil “Crime Scenes”
  • Be a Fossil Detective
  • Giant Footprints
  • Proof of Nessie?

Written by Jason Loxton and Daniel Loxton. Cover by Daniel Loxton.

from the Introduction


Hello! I’m Daniel, the Editor of Junior Skeptic. Welcome to Part Two of our look at fossil fakes!

In Part One we learned about some famous fossil hoaxes, accusations of hoaxes, and tricks for creating hoaxes. In this issue, we’ll look at more famous cases, and also ask: Why are fossils that are merely out of place also considered fossil fakes? And how much long-term mischief can fakery cause for the scientists who are working to understand the history of life? Let’s find out!

Skeptic Magazine App on iPhone


Whether at home or on the go, the SKEPTIC App is the easiest way to read your favorite articles. Within the app, users can purchase the current issue and back issues. Download the app today and get a 30-day free trial subscription.

Download the Skeptic Magazine App for iOS, available on the App Store
Download the Skeptic Magazine App for Android, available on Google Play
SKEPTIC • 3938 State St., Suite 101, Santa Barbara, CA, 93105-3114 • 1-805-576-9396 • Copyright © 1992–2024. All rights reserved • Privacy Policy