Skeleton of Real Life Loch Ness Monster found by Fossil Hunters

Skeleton of Real Life Loch Ness Monster found by Fossil Hunters

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An enormous skeleton has been found in Antarctica that resembles exactly what the Loch Ness monster would look like.

Largest and most complete of its kind ever found

Weighing in at 15 tons and believed to be as much as 70 million years old, researchers in Antarctica have uncovered a gigantic skeleton of an elasmosaurus. This prehistoric creature closely resembles the many descriptions of the Loch Ness monster.

The unearthed bones are believed to be the largest and most intact skeleton ever found for an elasmosaurus. Assembled, the skeleton is over 40 feet long.

This new skeleton was excavated on a remote island. It was first discovered in 1989 by scientists from Purdue University. He was unable to excavate the skeleton himself, but told other researchers where it could be found. Because of the extreme environment, the work on the excavation wasn’t fully completed until 2017.

According to Wikipedia: “The elasmosaurus is a genus of plesiosaur that lived in North America during the Campanian stage of the Late Cretaceous period, about 80.5 million years ago.”

Until now, only one incomplete Elasmosaurus skeleton was definitely known, and it contained a fragmentary skull, spine, pectoral and pelvic girdles. This previous sea monster was first discovered near Fort Wallace, Kansas, in 1867.

Is this creature related to the Loch Ness monster?

While this gigantic elasmosaurus skeleton does resemble our notion of the Loch Ness monster, others believe that the Loch Ness monster might be more related to another prehistoric creature, the long-necked plesiosaur.

Worldwide attention toward the Loch Ness monster, or Nessie, as she is affectionately called, first came to prominence in 1933. Photographs emerged in the same year and the year after that garnered worldwide attention. However, despite many searches for this sea monster who is alleged to inhabit the waters of Loch Ness and the Scottish Highlands, no indisputable proof has come forward.

Loch Ness monster DNA search

In 2018, an international team of researchers did a DNA survey of the lake and the results are expected sometime in 2019.