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Nessie Fossil Found in Scotland

China's version of Nessie was seen last week, and a man found a fossil that could be from the original Nessie in Loch Ness.

China's Lake Tianchi Monster was spotted July 11 in a lake near North Korea, where similar sightings have been reported for over a century. Local government officials caught sight of a school of 20 Chinese Nessies swimming in the lake. Zhang Lufeng, of the forestry bureau, says, "Within about 50 minutes, the monsters appeared five times. At times there was one, at times there were several. The last time, there was as many as about 20."

In Scotland, Gerald McSorley found the fossil of a 150-million-year-old plesiosaur in shallow water on the bank of Loch Ness. This was a long-necked, meat-eating sea reptile that lived between 200 and 65 million years ago, and it looked a lot like descriptions of the Loch Ness monster.

There's been much speculation that Nessie is a dinosaur that never went extinct. However, Loch Ness didn't exist until 12,000 years ago, long after the dinosaur era. But the fossil proves that a 35 foot sea monster did once exist in the same area.

McSorley says, "I have always believed in the Loch Ness monster, but this proves it for me. The resemblance between this and the sightings which have been made are so similar."

National Museum curator Lyall Anderson says, "The find is very interesting because nothing of its nature has ever been discovered on the shores of the loch before."

Gary Campbell, of the Loch Ness Monster Fan Club, says, "On the other hand it could have been planted?probably not by the man who found it, but we have a history of things being planted on the loch conveniently for people to find."

It's a mystery how the same strange creatures keep appearing all over the world.

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