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Archaeopteryx, the Primordial Bird: A Case of Fossil Forgery

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  • Hardcover: 135 pages
  • Publisher: Christopher Davies (1986)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0715406655
  • ISBN-13: 978-0715406656
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 5.5 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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Fred Hoyle (1915-2001) was an English astronomer noted primarily for his contribution to the theory of stellar nucleosynthesis and cosmology; he also coined the term "Big Bang" (as a sarcastic comment, in contrast to his own "Steady-State" theory). Nalin Chandra Wickramasinghe (born 1939) is a Sri Lankan-born British mathematician, astronomer, and astrobiologist. He is currently Visiting By-Fellow, Churchill College, Cambridge, England, and Professor and Director of the Buckingham Centre for Astrobiology at the University of Buckingham. They have previously collaborated on books such as Lifecloud, the origin of life in the universe, Diseases from Space, Evolution from Space: A Theory of Cosmic Creationism, etc.

It should first be noted that this very controversial book was published in 1986, and that other specimens of Archaeopteryx have since been found (as well as other bird/dinosaur fossils with feathers); it should also be noted that in Wickramasinghe's book Journey With Fred Hoyle: The Search For Cosmic Life), he ruefully said about this book, "We did not convince our opponents as we had set out to do, and we also lost many friends! The prudence of taking on so powerful an institution like the British Museum must on retrospect be called to question...
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