Clues to Loch Ness Monster found in desert
On August 22, 565 AD, the Irish abbot and missionary Columba had what many believe to be the first recorded encounter with the Loch Ness Monster.
Columba sent “the water beast” racing that day making the sign of the cross, but the Loch Ness Monster didn’t stay long, as stories and sightings continued through the centuries.
The latest news about Nessie concerns a discovery in the Sahara Desert, which is admittedly far from Scotland.
Researchers from the University of Bath and the University of Portsmouth in the UK, and Hassan II University in Morocco, have found fossils of small plesiosaurs, an extinct long-necked reptile, in what was once a river system 100 million years ago. .
Many Loch Ness Monster enthusiasts thought the Nessie might be a prehistoric reptile.
The results, which were published in the journal Cretaceous research, suggest that plesiosaurs were adapted to tolerate fresh water, possibly even spending their lives there, like today’s river dolphins.
So what does this mean for the legend of the Loch Ness Monster?
“On one level, it’s plausible”, University of Bath said a July 26 press release.
But – and there’s always a “but” – the fossil record also suggests that after almost a hundred and fifty million years, “the last plesiosaurs finally died out along with the dinosaurs, 66 million years ago. years”.
“A Big Fish Creature”
Nevertheless, the latest news has stirred up some emotions on social media, with one person Tweeter “It was a hoax. All of the original hoaxes admitted it and even showed how they pulled off their hoaxes.”
“I do not know,” another person said. “We can split atoms and take pictures of the beginning of the universe, but a big fish in a lake is crazy? »
Even a commentator claiming to be Nessie herself leaped into the depths of the loch.
“Is anyone really surprised?”@RealLochness tweeted, despite an apparent lack of thumbs. “Everyone knows I exist. It’s just hilarious that I’m clearly the best hide-and-seek player in the world since nobody seems to be able to find me in the last few centuries.”
You could say that the loch has a volume of 7 billion cubic meters and is large enough to hide the entire human population, so it shouldn’t be too difficult for a monster to get rare.
And Nessie certainly wasn’t bad for business.
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VisitScotland, Scotland’s national tourist board, has a set of Web page dedicated to the Loch Ness Monster.
“Taking a Nessie Selfie”
“We all know that the story of the Loch Ness Monster that lurks in the dark expanse of Loch Ness in the Highlands is more than a fairy tale,” the webpage reads. “Nessie really does exist, and there are over 1,000 eyewitness accounts and plenty of unexplained evidence, baffling scientists.”
The webpage encourages visitors to keep their camera handy “or else how are you going to take a Nessie selfie?!”
The official Sightings of Loch Ness Monsters The register lists 1,141 Nessie sightings to date and includes features such as a live loch webcam for armchair adventurers, a history of Nessie hunts, a scientific evidence section and a list of fakes, jokes and hoaxes.
Gary Campbell, who maintains the registry, said in an interview with GoBankingTariffs that there are less than 10 days a year when Nessie does nothingyou get a mention somewhere in the world.
A few years ago Campbell, using data from VisitScotland and local businesses, calculated that Nessie adds almost $54 million to the Scottish economy every year.
“The Residual Child”
But why all this interest in this mythical creature? Analysts see it as a desire to escape routine.
“On some level, the idea of the Loch Ness Monster appeals to the residual child in all of us,” said David Schmidassociate professor of English at the University at Buffalo College of Arts and Sciences, “the part that never grew up, the part that still believes – or would like to believe – in the existence of fairies, dragons and monsters under the bed – a big part of the appeal of ‘Lord of the Rings’ and ‘Game of Thrones’.”
On another level, Schmid said, “the adult part of us that grew up is still drawn to the idea of Nessie and other mythical monsters.”
“Why?” He asked. “Because we must believe that there is more to life than meets the eye, that there is more than the mundane reality of 9 to 5, that the world is still filled with the wonder of unknown, that he is always able to surprise us.”
“We know that belief is not rational,” he added, “but that’s exactly the point – believing in the whimsical allows our imaginations to survive, and that can’t be a bad thing.”
“There is still a mystery”
Robert Thompson, professor of television and popular culture at Syracuse Universitysaid the Loch Ness Monster and other legends show that “somehow, in this age of science and CT scans and the ability to look at things and test their DNA, there may still be something there that remains a mystery.”
“I guess Nessie, the Abominable Snowman and others are those little bits of hope that we haven’t fully conquered understanding on planet Earth,” he said.
It’s pretty standard human behavior, Thompson said, and “we don’t just need to talk about the Loch Ness Monster or the Yeti or whatever to see a massive number of people putting in a tremendous amount of effort to deny reality…just turn on CNN.”
“I don’t think people feel terribly threatened that the Loch Ness Monster is going to eat them,” he said. “I don’t think people see that as a threat like we’ve seen in movies like ‘Jurassic Park,’ which makes for a much more fun and exciting story to follow than all the actual threats, from the cast from icebergs to monkeypox.”