Recent Study Sheds A New Light On The ‘Ol Nessie’ Mystery

“The idea of it lifting its head up like a sock puppet is extremely unlikely.”

The typical Loch Ness Monster sighting is usually something floating in the water — obviously — and has a large, long neck that likes to creep people out. However, over the years, this has lead speculations that the creature could be a plesiosaur — a type of prehistoric aquatic reptile.

Now, there’s a new study that’s trying to break the hearts of ‘Ol Nessie fans from all over the world. The study is talking about the fossilized elasmosaurus, which is a type of plesiosaur. It’s revealing that they didn’t hold their heads that way.

According to Dr. Paul Scofield of Canterbury Museum in New Zealand, these creatures would have held their heads either at the same level or below the level of their bodies while swimming through the water. This makes it rather unlikely that they would have stuck their head vertically up out of the water as often represented in photographs and drawings of the elusive Loch Ness Monster.

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“The labyrinth of the ear works best when the tiny bones within are able to hang unaffected by gravity,” said Dr Scofield. “For this reason, the position of the inner ear within the skull of an animal reveals a lot about how an animal habitually holds its head. We have examined the inner ear of elasmosaurs and determined that their resting position was with the head horizontal to the body or even well below the body.”

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“The ‘traditional’ posture shown in many a popular article on Nessie – like a sock puppet – is not something elasmosaurs were in the habit of adopting. The idea of it lifting its head up like a sock puppet is extremely unlikely.”

Although, people can believe what they want and don’t have to listen to this person with a PHD. You can read more about the study here.

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Matt Sterner

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