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Long-Necked Elasmosaur was the Prehistoric Loch Ness Monster

posted: 08/07/15
by: Discovery.com Staff
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James Havens via UAF

An ancient animal that bears a striking resemblance to the Loch Ness Monster -- but that's been extinct for 70 million years -- has emerged from the side of a mountain.

Known as an elasmosaur, the creature roamed the oceans during the Late Cretaceous period. In addition to its signature long neck, the elasmosaur sported two distinct pairs of limbs that scientists think resembled paddles.

Researchers from the University of Alaska Museum of the North recently uncovered Alaska's first elasmosaur specimen in the Talkeetna Mountains.

"We got a good chunk of the animal, but there is still more to excavate," said Earth sciences curator Patrick Druckenmiller in a press release. Druckenmiller added that he hoped to recover the remainder of the creature next year.

Click here for more information from the University of Alaska Fairbanks

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