The existence of the Loch Ness Monster has now been described as ‘plausible’ after recent studies have found some supporting evidence.
This discovery comes after scientists found fossils in the Sahara desert of small long-necked plesiosaurs marine reptiles, which share a similar description to the mythological creature.
While fans of Loch Ness dismissed the chances it could live in those conditions, a recent study has supported the new evidence, describing the monster’s existence as ‘plausible’.
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Cretaceous Research, a joint investigation led by the University of Bath, University of Portsmouth, and Université Hassan II in Morocco, believe that plesiosaurs were able to adapt to tolerate freshwater, and could even spend the rest of their lives in that environment.
David Martill, the co-writer of the paper said: “What amazes me is that the ancient Moroccan river contained so many carnivores all living alongside each other.
“This was no place to go for a swim.
“The plesiosaur teeth appear to show heavy wear similar to that of the Spinosaurus, suggesting they were eating the same armoured fish that lived in the river, rather than being occasional visitors.”
The fossils discovered include teeth and bones from adults that reached 3 metres long and an arm bone from a baby that was around 1.5 metres long.
In a press release published by the University of Bath, they said: “But what does this all mean for the Loch Ness Monster?
“On one level, it’s plausible. Plesiosaurs weren’t confined to the seas, they did inhabit freshwater. But the fossil record also suggests that after almost a hundred and fifty million years, the last plesiosaurs finally died out at the same time as the dinosaurs, 66 million years ago.”
Although this does not confirm the existence of the creature, the evidence at least suggests that the Loch Ness Monster is much more than just a myth.
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