Exciting news in the world of paleontology as the most recent technology shined new light on an ancient ichthyosaur fossil discovered in older times.
Scotland is the fabled home of the Loch Ness Monster, a mythical sea creature trapped in a lake. The original stories and myths of the monster’s sightings are much older than the hoaxes orchestrated in the last centuries. However, while many people currently know that Nessie is just a myth, not all are aware that it stems from a very real source.
The ichthyosaur fossil discovered in the Isle of Skye is lovingly referred to as the Storr Lochs Monster. It dates from Middle Jurassic period.
A few artistic renditions of the Storr Lochs Monster are showing a nightmarish creature, about 13 feet long. Its snout was long and equipped with rows of frighteningly sharp teeth. Original tales of Nessie do not depict a cuddly adorable monster, however, they do definitely pale when compared to the reality of a genuine jurassic animal.
The ichthyosaur fossil is doubly valuable to paleontologists. It is not just a fossil which can help them reconstruct the world of that time in order to better understand it. The ichthyosaur fossil, as a remnant from the Middle Jurassic period is in itself rare due to its age. The number of fossil from that time is very limited and every such find is seen as a great boon to anyone in the field.
An Ichthyosaur Fossil With Some Recent History
The Storr Lochs Monster was dug up in 1966. The technology of that time did not allow for any manner of thorough inspection or paleontological breakthrough. The entire digsite was carefully marked and kept isolated for half a century.
Presently, paleontologists are hard at work, not wanting to disappoint the mentors of the older generations. They are carefully removing the rock and stone away from the fossils, all the while mapping out the frame, shape and size of the fossils.
According to paleontologists, Scotland may prove to have many other treasures hidden beneth its soil. And although the ichthyosaur fossil is definitely no Nessie, the remains of a real sea monster could bring new waves of tourists to the highlands.