Regarding the fossil fly, the publication by Hennig in 1966 as Fannia scalaris was published on April 1st ….

(a coincidence, but still funny)


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From: Entomological Collections Network Listserve <[log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]>> on behalf of Andy Deans <[log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]>>
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Date: Monday, October 14, 2019 at 10:27 AM
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Subject: fakes, forgeries, and fabrications in entomology

Hi all,
Our campus museums consortium is assembling a series of exhibits on "real vs. fake objects/histories in a museum setting" including forgeries, fabrications, and frauds (but also replicas and reinterpretations).

I am aware of some entomological examples, like this fossil fly: 
And Protapteron: 

And maybe Richard Meinertzhagen's frauds touched on entomology, specifically lice? 

Are you aware of any others that would be worth highlighting?

Thankful for any exciting tales,
Andy Deans
Frost Entomological Museum

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