Loch Ness' Nessie found?

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Ivan Seeking
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Loch Ness has bones

I posted this thinking that finding a fossilized plesiosaur was significant. It would seem that this is not significant.


"Meanwhile, on the shores of Loch Ness in the Scottish Highlands, retired scrap dealer Gerald McSorley, who recently had a hip replaced, stumbled and fell into the water -- where his hand felt a strange object. When he brought it to a museum in Edinburgh to have it examined by experts, they told him it was the 150 million-year-old fossilized vertebrae of what was likely a plesiosaur."


http://canada.com/national/story.asp?id=D6312F80-8167-421C-A206-9C3C7F6CD03A [Broken]
 
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zoobyshoe
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I think he bought it over the
internet, threw it in, went out
the next day with his wife, "ac-
cidently" fell in...

Is Loch Ness really known for
it's fossil's? Has anyone ever
found any kind of fossil there?

Hoax.
 
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Just watched a documentary on this and some guy did a very complete sonar sweep and found guess what ... they also fooled a few tourists into beliving they saw a nessie while they were at it.
 
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Andy
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There has been hundreds of hoax's over the years, but why would a retired scrap dealer buy a fossil over the net and then drop it into the lake? Why? absolutely no reason for him to do it. and just because a 150 million year old fossil has been found in loch ness doesn't mean that there is still one in there.(plesiosaur that is).
 
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zoobyshoe
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Andy

I've read your post over a few
times and still can't figure
out if you're joking or not.

At the risk of looking stupid
I have to say that a retired
scrap dealer has the same motive
to perpetrate a hoax as anyone
else might. He may want the
attention. He may enjoy stirring
up controversy. It may make him
feel more clever than everyone
else.

-zoob
 
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Andy
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I wasnt joking but what i mean is that a scrap dealer has nothing to gain, and him being scottish means that he doesn't want attention all he needs is a nice bottle of whiskey and he is happy. But the people that would gain from this are the locals that make lots of money from tourism, so maybe the locals put the fossil there and have been waiting for an outsider to find it.
 
  • #7
zoobyshoe
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Andy,

I went back to the story to see
if it said where McSorley came
from (Edinburgh or near the Loch)
and found something I hadn't
noticed the first time which is
that he planned to donate it
to a museum...unless someone
offered to buy it from him.

From scrap metal to scrap dino-
saurs.
 

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