It is possible that scientists are about to find a distant relative of the legendary Loch Ness monster in Scotland.
On the shores of Manche Bay archaeologists and paleontologists have discovered fossils of a long-necked lizard ( plesiosaur ), which lived about 150-200 million years ago, during the Jurassic period. According to experts, this reptile is very similar to the famous Loch-Ness monster of a century.
Is the long-necked lizard fossil a precursor to the Loch-Ness monster?
From the tip of the nose to the tail, the monster found in this fossil is 3.6 meters long. During the excavation process, 150 bone fragments, a part of the skull and teeth fragments were collected, recombining 79% of the skeleton. According to paleontologist Richard Edmonds, such fossils are extremely rare. So far there have been only 10 cases of complete or partial detection of a long neck lizard skeleton ( plesiosaur ).
This marine reptile is very similar to the famous Loch-Ness monster about its long neck and tail, four large fins and sharp-toothed teeth.
The long neck lizard ( plesiosaur ) is described as very similar to the Loch-Ness monster. Photo: Tuapalavra.com.
Many details in the skeleton were preserved in great ways, but some were broken down. Scientists believe that the skeleton is partially mixed with the bones of certain marine animals. In the Jurassic era, in what is now Manche bay is a fairly shallow tropical sea, which has been claimed to have been the type of long-necked lizard living as well as their predators.
In recent times, fossils of strange animals of prehistoric times have been discovered and will hold an exhibition for the public to visit. The skeletons of these animals have a worthy place in the Museum's collection as a pride of the city beside the newly excavated fossil.
As for the Loch-Ness monster itself, it was thoroughly scrutinized where it is thought to be its lair to 'hunt' with submersibles and sound waves (sonar ) super modern, and finally, scientists have come to the conclusion that at this time in Loch-Ness there is no Nessie or a similar monster.
Although no sign of an ancient giant reptile has ever been discovered in Loch-Ness, experts say that if it does, the long-necked lizard has also died from activities. human movement To be more precise, the toxic wastes of industrial factories located around the lake fall down, making them unable to survive.
In 2001, the most famous expert on Loch-Ness monster was Robert Rines at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MIT, published about the complete disappearance of the research object. What's interesting is that a piece of news written on the basis of his conclusions is seen by everyone as an obituary about a true monster. Most people still think that Nessie is the only animal in the long-necked dinosaurs left.
Will the legend of Loch-Ness monster end?
Rumors of 'dinosaurs' living in a densely populated area of Europe (Scotland) began to spread both nationally and internationally since the beginning of the last century. In April 1933, the story of the encounter was told by John Mackey in full detail, in an investigative report published in the Inverness Courier newspaper and immediately the monster was known worldwide. The name is Nessie. According to the description, the animal is 1 m wide, about 8 m high on the water surface, its neck is 3-4 m long and looks like an elephant's trunk, its legs are submerged in water so it is not clear. After that, there were many photos of this monster. The most impressive is the 1934 photograph of Dr. Robert Kenneth Wilson working at Harley Street Hospital.
Famous photo of Dr. Robert Kenneth Wilson.Photo: Getty Images.
In the late 1990s, Robert Rines remarked that the amount of information about that monster dropped markedly. According to him, 'ultrasonic locators of fishing vessels are rarely showing the presence of a suspicious object at the bottom of the lake. All of that evidence has gradually erased persistent rumors for a century that this large lake hides a huge undiscovered animal. '
Most importantly, the source of the Scottish representative, who for a long time deliberately half-opened and launched other news at a time about the Loch-Ness monster, taking advantage of curious stories. to attract tourists to earn profits. So far officials have been alarmed by the negative effects of tourism services on the landscape of the region.