Thursday, November 02, 2006

 

Scientist pours cold water on Loch Ness dinosaur theory (+Webcam)

From The Scotsman: A Loch Ness Monster theory which suggests the creature is a living dinosaur has been dealt a blow by scientists.

Many believe that Nessie is a plesiosaur, a long-necked marine reptile which sought refuge in Scotland's second-largest freshwater loch when most of the species died out 160 million years ago.

But Dr Leslie Noe, a palaeontologist at Cambridge University's Sedgwick Museum, discovered that the plesiosaur would have been unable to lift its head up, swan-like, out of the water.

Most scientists believe the creatures became extinct with the other dinosaurs, but some insist it is possible that after the last Ice Age, some plesiosaurs may have been stranded in the 23-mile-long loch, which was connected to the sea.

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The above news report refers to the New Scientist article "Why the Loch Ness Monster is no plesiosaur"

Watch Loch Ness live webcams (the structure in the second camera is Urquhart Castle)

Featured Books: "The Mystery of the Loch Ness Monster (Can Science Solve...?)" by Holly Wallace (Amazon Astore UK | US)

And "Plesiosaurs (Exploring Dinosaurs & Prehistoric Creatures)" by Susan Heinrichs Gray (Amazon Astore UK | US)

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