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Australian 'Nessie' fossils found

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Australia was once home to ancient reptiles that swam in huge icy lakes, fossil evidence suggests. The large, carnivorous reptiles lived 115 million years ago, during the age of the dinosaurs, when much of the continent was covered in water.

Fossils of two new species of plesiosaur were discovered near Coober Pedy in South Australia. Plesiosaurs are popular in science fiction and are said to resemble Scotland's mythical Loch Ness monster.

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BeetlemanEXE

If all this is true, this provides lots of evidence for the Loch Ness Monster. One of the arguments against it was that the loch's water should be too cold for a reptile. However, these creatures supposedly lived in bodies of water that would actually freeze over.

Another is that plesiosaurs were creatures that lived in salt water, and skeptics often argued that they shouldn't be able to get used to fresh water. If these scientists are right, plesiosaurs could live in both fresh and salt water.

Third, perhaps the reason sightings are so scarce is because, like the scientists theorize, they only stay in the loch to breed their young, then leave somewhere else?

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Harks

I remember seeing parts of the Opalised Plesiosaurs when I was at Cooper Pedy, they are amazing especialy because of the colours you see from the opal. :P

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http://www.lostseaopals.com.au/latest_news/november01.asp

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120 million years ago, the Eromanga Sea covered much of what we today call South Australia.

http://www.samuseum.sa.gov.au/fossils/fgw2-2.htm

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frogfish

There was another thread on Opalised fossils in the Paleo section. Aussie has always had marine reptiles...The largest Kronosaurus, a type of mosasaur related to the American Tylosaurus.

If all this is true, this provides lots of evidence for the Loch Ness Monster. One of the arguments against it was that the loch's water should be too cold for a reptile. However, these creatures supposedly lived in bodies of water that would actually freeze over.

Another is that plesiosaurs were creatures that lived in salt water, and skeptics often argued that they shouldn't be able to get used to fresh water. If these scientists are right, plesiosaurs could live in both fresh and salt water.

Actually, there is no evidence...This could of been a saltwater lake, and many parts of the ocean freeze over also.

Sadly, plesiosaurs, pliosaurs, and mosasaurs have been extinct for 65 MYA...

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SeCReT SeRViCe

There was another thread on Opalised fossils in the Paleo section. Aussie has always had marine reptiles...The largest Kronosaurus, a type of mosasaur related to the American Tylosaurus.

Actually, there is no evidence...This could of been a sal****er lake, and many parts of the ocean freeze over also.

Sadly, plesiosaurs, pliosaurs, and mosasaurs have been extinct for 65 MYA...

ThaT doEsn't MeaN NeThiNG!!! COeLiCaNth WaS thouGht TO be ExcTiNct FoR 80 MiLLioN YeaRs, aNd TheY fouNd OnE iN 1938, SO pffft!!!

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