Scotland Had A Real Sea Monster 170 Million Years Ago

Cryptozoologists may bicker about the existence of the Loch Ness Monster, but 170 million years ago, the area that's now Scotland had a different sort of beast. In September 2016, researchers unveiled the fossil of the Storr Lochs Monster, a type of ocean-dwelling ichthyosaur that would grow to 13 feet (4 meters) in length. It had a long, pointed head filled with hundreds of cone-shaped teeth that scientists believe it used to dine on fish and squid. The most complete skeleton of a marine reptile from the Middle Jurassic—sometimes known as the Age of the Dinosaurs—this particular fossil was discovered in 1966 by Norrie Gillies, a power station manager who found it on a beach near the facility. Despite this early discovery, it wasn't until 2016 that the National Museums Scotland and the University of Edinburgh were able to combine their expertise and take a more complete look at the fossil. Learn more about the Storr Lochs Monster and the world of fossils with the videos below.

Fossil Of The Storr Lochs Monster Unveiled

Discover Scotland's real ocean-dwelling monster.

The Mystery Of The Tully Monster

Find out how scientists uncovered the origins of this mysterious marine fossil.

The Story Of The World's Favorite Fossil

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Written by Curiosity Staff September 19, 2016

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