The reports that a creature lives in Scotland, Loch Ness, date back to the sixth century. The interest grew in the 19th and 20th centuries, especially, especially after the scandalous "surgeon's picture" in 1934.
Now, a new study shows that the legend of the Loch Ness monster and other long-necked "sea monsters" may have been influenced by something very real and even more horrific – dinosaurs.
Published in the scientific journal "History of Earth Sciences," the theoretical studies of sea serpent reports from the early 19th century were strongly influenced by the discovery of fossil early dinosaurs.
"Over the past 200 years, there is indeed evidence of a decline in sea serpent reports and an increase in the proportion of neon reports, but there is no evidence of an increase in the proportion of mosaic-like reports," he reads abstractly. "However, witnesses began to unequivocally compare sea serpents with prehistoric reptiles at the end of the 19th century, about 50 years after the proposal was first made by naturalists."
The British fossil hunter William Buckland was the first to discover the fossils of the dinosaurs in 1819.
Researcher Charles Paxton of the University of St. Andrews and paleontologist Darren Nish of the University of Southampton looked at several hypotheses and more than 1,500 alleged cases of "monsters" (except for frauds) since 1801. From 1801 to the early 1930s century "surgeon's photo", reported observations of long-necked creatures, such as pleiozavirs (or reports that said pleiozavirs) increased from 10% of all observations to about 50%.
Paxton and Naish added that the presence of mosaic-like observations has not changed, probably due to fossils of dinosaurs that begin to appear for the first time in museums.
The science fiction writer, L. Sprague De Camp, was the first to suggest this hypothesis in 1968, saying: "Since mesozoic reptiles have become well known, sea serpent messages that had previously tended to coil began to describe the monster. and more resembling mesozoic marine reptiles such as pleisosaurus or mosaicus. "
"The discovery of 19th-century deep-sea fossil reptiles seems to have influenced what people believe they have noticed in the water," Paxton said in an interview with The Telegraph.
The legend of the Loch Ness monster is often attributed to a pseudoseur who somehow manages to survive the mass extinction that kills the dinosaurs.
It is supposed to be filmed by Robert Kenneth Wilson, a London gynecologist, the "surgeon's picture" was first published in 1934 and appears to show the neck and head of the creature. After all, it turned out to be a scam years later.
In May 2018, the researchers said they would explore Loch Ness's waters in Scotland and use the DNA DNA samples to try to identify everything that floats in it.
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Originally published as New Theory of Loch Ness's Mystery