Scientists may have found a distant relative of the famous Loch Ness monster. On the shore of the English Channel, archaeologists and paleontologists have discovered the fossilized remains of a plesiosaur, presumably lived 150-200 million years ago — during the Jurassic period. According to experts, found the reptile is very similar to the legendary monster of Loch Ness.
From nose to tail, this monster was 3.6 meters in length. During excavations found 150 bones of the skull and a fragment of a tooth, which is almost 70 percent of the skeleton. According to the scientist Richard Edmonds, such finds are rare. To date, only 10 known cases of detection of complete or even partial skeletons of a plesiosaur.
Marine reptile resembles the famous monster of Loch Ness with his long thin neck and tail, four large flippers and razor-sharp, teeth.
Many of the bones perfectly preserved. Some almost completely destroyed. Scientists believe that the skeleton of a marine animal gutted. In the Jurassic period on the site of the modern English Channel was a shallow tropical sea, there is something just lived plesiosaurs — and those who use them bite his.
Very soon discovered the remains of a prehistoric monster will be put on public display. Rather, they first take a worthy place in the museum of Lyme Regis — as a tribute to the city, next to which the skeleton was found.
As for the Loch Ness Monster, is thoroughly "ransacked" the proposed location of its habitat by means of an ultra-modern equipment, the researchers came to the conclusion that at the moment no Nessie and similar monsters in the lake there. Despite the fact that even the remains of reptiles in the waters of Loch Ness are found, experts suggested: plesiosaurs died out due to the effects of human activity — or rather, because of the waste that is regularly thrown into a pond located on its banks and industrial enterprises.
In 2001, the most well-known expert on the Loch Ness Monster — Robert Raines from the Academy of Applied Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology — announced about the total disappearance (extinction) of the object of research. The most interesting is that people read the news written on the basis of his report, as an obituary dedicated to a particular substance. After all, most people perceive as Nessie is the only one of its kind animal who does not have any on Earth "relative."
Information on dwells in a densely populated area of Europe mysterious "dinosaur" appeared in the beginning of the last century. In April 1933, the certificate of appointment with him published by John McKay, and soon the animal became known around the world as Nessie. In the future, a photograph of the monster. The most famous of them in 1934, did a doctor from Harley Street Clinic Robert Wilson.
In the late '90s, Robert Raines noted that the number of messages from witnesses who observed Nessie decreased dramatically. Besides, he said, "sonar fishing boat less often showed the presence of an object at the bottom. All testified against what these creatures are still here."
Most of all the news upset predastaviteley Scottish authorities, who have long used the stories that in Loch Ness monster lives, in their own interests — to ensure the influx of tourists. Now officials are worried that it will negatively affect the tourism business.
According to the newspaper "Pravda"