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US 'Loch Ness Monster' skeleton found in Alaska

The remains of a 70-million year old fossilized swimming dinosaur have been unearthed by scientists from the USA.

The remains of a 70 million year old dinosaur has been discovered by US scientists in Alaska
The remains of a 70 million year old dinosaur has been discovered by US scientists in Alaska. Image by Gerry Thomasen / CC BY 2.0

Researchers from the University of Alaska Museum of the North discovered the remains of the elasmosaur, in the  Talkeetna Mountains  in Alaska and have begun the painstaking process of removing them.

The New York Daily News reports that the dinosaur is a type of plesiosaur. According to marine fossil expert, Patrick Druckenmiller, the creature is virtually identical to the Loch Ness Monster.

The recently discovered dinosaur bears an uncanny resemblance to the Loch Ness Monster according to experts
The recently discovered dinosaur bears an uncanny resemblance to the Loch Ness Monster according to experts. Image by Nick Hewson / CC BY 2.0

The pre-historic fossil reptile – first discovered in 1821 – was estimated to be 25 feet in length and lived during the Cretaceous period, when dinosaurs prowled the earth.

The elasmosaur weighed more than two tons and had a long neck as well as paddling appendages because it lived in water.

Museum scientists say that this is the first time that a plesiosaur has been found in Alaska.