Recently, an ancient marine reptile fossil was discovered in Scotland. It is not a plesiosaur fossil(like the common image of the Loch Ness Monster), but an Ichthyosaurs, a species of ancient fish-like reptiles. Scientists say that this new creature fills the gap of Ichthyosaurs during the Middle Jurassic Period. The new Ichthyosaur lived about 170 million years ago in Nessie's homeland.
|Artist's rendering of the new Ichthyosaur Dearcmhara shawcrossi|
from live science.com
Could Nessie be an Ichthyosaur? Probably not. Most witnesses describe Nessie as having a long slender neck like a plesiosaur, and Ichthyosaurs did not have long necks and pretty much looked like huge fish. It's still a cool fossil find nonetheless.