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Plesiosaur fossil skeleton found in Loch Ness
    #1723827 - 07/17/03 03:27 AM (14 years, 10 months ago)

Fossil of 'Nessie monster' trips up pensioner
By Tom Peterkin
(Filed: 16/07/2003)

The fossilised remains of a long-necked, carnivorous sea reptile, which existed 150 million years ago, have been found in Loch Ness.

The discovery of four perfectly preserved vertebrae of a plesiosaur - the prehistoric creature most commonly associated with modern "Nessie" sightings - has led to claims that the fossil represents the first evidence of an original Loch Ness Monster.

The fossil, which is set in grey limestone, complete with spinal chord and blood vessels, was found in shallow water by Gerald McSorley, 67, a retired scrap merchant from Stirling.

Mr McSorley said: "I literally tripped over the fossil in the water. When I put my hands down to steady myself I saw something unusual and picked it up.

"Once I had cleaned off about an inch of green algae, and I could see the texture of the bone, it became clear I had an important fossil."

Scientists at the National Museum in Scotland confirmed yesterday that the fossil - the first of its kind to be found at Loch Ness - proved that a 35ft "monster" once lived in the area.

Lyall Anderson, a curator at the National Museum of Scotland, said: "Professional palaeontologists go out looking for things like this and usually find nothing. Mr McSorley is to be congratulated on a very good find."

Many of the contemporary photographs, reconstructions and sightings of Nessie have been reminiscent of the long neck, broad body and giant paddles of the plesiosaur.

Dr Anderson said: "The plesiosaur is the image people have of the Loch Ness Monster."

The find has excited Nessie hunters, who believe that it supports their belief that a similar beast still lurks within the loch, even though the remains date from the Jurassic and Cretaceous period.

"If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do."-King Solomon

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Re: Plesiosaur fossil skeleton found in Loch Ness [Re: Ellis Dee]
    #1725762 - 07/17/03 08:33 PM (14 years, 10 months ago)

bigfoot is next.

cryptozoology - damn right :smile:


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Re: Plesiosaur fossil skeleton found in Loch Ness [Re: Ellis Dee]
    #1725889 - 07/17/03 09:25 PM (14 years, 10 months ago)

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Re: Plesiosaur fossil skeleton found in Loch Ness [Re: ]
    #1726310 - 07/17/03 11:32 PM (14 years, 10 months ago)

Well yea but sharks once lived where my house is.

I know what he wants: a drag of smooth tobbacco blended with the finest Turkish Turkweed. Here, have a toke on me you dumb beast.

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Re: Plesiosaur fossil skeleton found in Loch Ness [Re: KthxBye]
    #1734580 - 07/21/03 12:33 PM (14 years, 9 months ago)

and the main evidence of bigfoots existance was admitted to be a hoax

"Listen Bush, i dont have any weapons. are you listening asshole? i dont have any fucking weapons! whats your problem, you fucking prick? Do you, like, WANT to go to war or something?! hey! whats all that laughter? whats so fucking funny?! Bush? BUSH! *click* Hello? HELLO?"

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Re: Plesiosaur fossil skeleton found in Loch Ness [Re: JhadAgainstReality]
    #1737698 - 07/22/03 10:36 AM (14 years, 9 months ago)

You'd think, though, that inbreeding would doom a sea-locked creature such as this, true? Or has Loch Ness only become isolated in relatively recent times, like a few thousand years?

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