Bad Examples

Wolfgang Wuster w.wuster at BANGOR.AC.UK
Fri Oct 13 10:00:22 CDT 1995

The Handbook of Palaeoherpetology lists a couple of nice examples of
fossils described as reptiles which turned out to be no such thing. One
was some fossil tree branch (with scale-like surface, admittedly) which
had been described as a snake. The other was a spine from a gastropod
shell, which someone had described as a snake fang. Unfortunately, I
don't have the original reference before me.

Wolfgang Wuster
School of Biological Sciences, University of Wales, Bangor, UK
e-mail: bss166 at

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it is probably a train coming your way.

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