This ranks up there with the worst news piece about a fossil I have ever seen.
NO! And it’s not just the headline that is wrong.
NESSIE hunters have been searching for decades for evidence that she exists and that her relatives populated the Highlands in prehistoric times.
But the proof may finally have been found – and it has been under the noses of Highlanders for over a century.
The fossil is a placoderm (armored) fish, Pterichthyodes milleri, from the Devonian age, so it’s around 400 million years old. (Note that the Scotsman spelled the name wrong.) It’s not a new discovery and it has NOTHING to do with plesiosaurs that are commonly speculated to be what Nessie is. Nessie does not exist except as a myth. Reports of a creature have many and various explanations. Plesiosaurs died out 65 million years ago. This fish also is extinct.
But people quoted in the article make a valiant effort to say REALLY DUMB THINGS!
The president of the Official Loch Ness Fan Club, Gary Campbell went to the Inverness Museum, “spotted the fossils and saw the resemblance with Nessie”.
“It became clear that what we have here could be Nessie’s great granny” ~Dr Evelyn Gray
“If you think of the picture that most people have in their heads of the Loch Ness Monster, our fossils pretty much meet what they would expect. ~ Museum curator Cait McCullagh
Mr Campbell, president of the Nessie fan club, said: “This is fantastic news for all Nessie fans. For the first time, visitors to Loch Ness can be guaranteed to see a real Nessie, notwithstanding that it’s a few years older than her relative in the loch today.”
Everyone quoted in this piece should be embarrassed. This is fiction through and through. I actually had to check the date to see if it was published April 1st.