We now know that the plesiosaurus, the reptile closest to Nessie's descriptions, also lived in lakes. But the Scottish one was formed after its extinctionThe graphic reconstruction of a plesiosaur
That of 'photos' and sightings, no. But now we have more evidence that the plesiosaurus, the prehistoric marine reptile whose description matches that of the Scottish monster, Nessie, especially due to its long neck and small head, also lived in freshwater. This was discovered by a team from the British University of Bath that analyzed a 100 million-year-old fossil found in Morocco. That's enough? Of course not. But several Scottish newspapers celebrated the news.
We already knew that he lived where Great Britain is today because the first remains were found in the early nineteenth century by Mary Anning, a pioneer of paleontology, on the so-called Jurassic Coast (English Channel). But the plesiosaur went extinct 66 million years ago along with the dinosaurs. And Loch Ness, 230 meters deep, was formed about 10 thousand years ago, at the end of the last ice age. Since then, the search for this long-necked penguin has become such a 'classic' that even scientists have fun citing it.