The fossil of "Loch Ness monster" discovered in Antarctica was the largest dinosaur of all time.


The fossil hunters have restored the remains of a huge sea creature that is considered a real Loch Ness monster.

The researchers discovered fossilized remains, dating back 70 million years ago, of a huge elasmosaurus of the icy depths of the Antarctic, as never before.

The animal would have weighed up to 15 tons and it is today one of the most complete ancient reptilian fossils ever discovered.


The marine giant is a terrifying member of the elasmosaurid family of reptiles and is the largest of its kind ever discovered.

They form a family of plesiosaurs, which represent some of the greatest marine creatures of the Cretaceous.

Some people think that Nessie is a long-necked plesiosaur resembling an elasmosaur – which survived when the other dinosaurs were wiped out.

They looked a bit like large manatees with giraffe necks and snake heads, reports National Geographic.

There are many theories to explain the incredible length of his neck, but most think it was to help the hunt.

"For years it was a mystery … we did not know if it was elasmosaurs or not," said paleontologist Jose O-Gorman of the National Council of Scientific and Technical Research of Argentina .

"They were a kind of strange plesiosaur that no one knew."

Those who think that Nessie is real and who hides in the depths of Loch Ness will certainly be delighted to learn this surprising discovery.

However, most scientists point out that the lake is only 10,000 years old and that plesiosaurs have been gone for more than 65 million years.

On the other hand, marine reptiles were not equipped with gills. Therefore, even if Nessie is a plesiosaur, he would always have to surface for the air several times an hour, which makes him easy to spot.

Finally, there is simply not enough food in Loch Ness to support a sea monster over 15 tons, the experts said.

This story originally appeared in The Sun.


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