Could this skeleton be the Loch Ness Monster?

The bones are encased in stone and were found in 1966

Has the Loch Ness Monster been found?

It's fairly clear cut at this point that the Loch Ness Monster doesn't exist.

An extensive study of the lake has revealed no ecosystem that could support a large creature like Nessie.

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However Scientists have finally started to study the fossil of an ancient Scottish sea creature decades after it was discovered.

The fossil was discovered by a power company worker on the Isle of Skye in 1966.

It was the most complete marine reptile skeleton ever found in Scotland but the technology didn't exist to study it in detail.

The creature was encased in hard rock that makes it impossible to remove safely.

The Storr Lochs monster was unveiled at a museum in Scotland on 5 September.

According to SSE they were able to removed the fossil from the stone thanks to the joint work of the University of Edinburgh, the National Museums of Scotland and SSE.

It's understood that the fossil comes from 'an extinct family of marine reptiles - known as ichthyosaurs' which would have lived on earth at the same time as dinosaurs.

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