The Loch Ness Monster is one of the most enduring subjects in the history of all human folklore. Although there’s scant real evidence for the true existence of the mystical leviathan, barring a few blurry photographs and a shaky video posted to more remote sections of YouTube, the green lake bed lizard has proved itself to be an iconic and beloved figure in the Scottish culture, despite it’s/his/her shyness.
However, this reputation for elusiveness might be about to change. The legends regarding lizards swimming in the lochs of Scotland could well become verifiable scientific fact. Common knowledge holds that the scaly beast Nessie probably belongs to the prehistoric ichthyosaur family of subaquatic fish-lizards. Ichthyosaurs thrived during the Mesozoic era, and based on recovered carbon-dated fossil evidence from that period, they first appeared approximately 250 million years ago.
If that’s true, then Nessie’s forebears evolved from a group of unknown land reptiles that returned to the sea, in an evolutionary trajectory in tandem with the ancestors of modern-day dolphins and whales. But by the time of the Late Cretaceous period, almost all Ichthyosaur species were extinct. Yet now Scottish palaeontologists have discovered the fossils of a real-life Nessie.
Check out page two to see the last earthy remains of the Loch Ness Monster’s long-dead relative.