Fake Fossils, Fake Bones, and a Dinosaur

Rhode Island Hall, Room 108

Why do people fake animal skeletons and their petrified remains? How are fake “natural specimens” similar to or different from fake “cultural artifacts”? Is there anything to be gained from sustained reflection about the physical traces of beings that never were? For centuries—if not millennia—people have forged the impressions left by the bodies of animals and the hardest of body parts. To what end? Felipe Rojas, Kate Brunson, and Irina Podgorny will discuss fake fossils and bones in three very short talks followed by a public discussion.