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Could fossils be Nessie's cousins?

Fossils found by Norwegian scientists were no relation to the Loch Ness Monster, says an expert.

Norwegian researchers on a remote Arctic island have recovered rare fossil remains of two giant marine reptiles, one of which is said to be reminiscent of the fabled Nessie.

But Adrian Shine, who runs the Loch Ness project in Drumnadrochit on the banks of the famed loch, has dismissed the idea.

The well-preserved fossils of the extinct ichthyosaur and plesiosaur were found on the Svalbard islands, north of the Norwegian mainland. Team member Hans Arne Nakrem said: "What is completely new is that we have the cranium of an ichthyosaur for the first time."

Dinosaur expert Joern Hurum, who led the team, said: "They look like we imagine Nessie of Loch Ness.

Mr Shine said: "The loch is too cold for reptiles.

"For amphibians, even big ones, it's cold and there are no marine examples.

"Since whatever is in Loch Ness is likely to have come from the sea, it seems unlikely to be an amphibian.
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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Sep 3, 2004
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