Fossil of ‘Nessie’s cousin’ found on Skye

The reptile lived 170 million years ago. Picture: PA
The reptile lived 170 million years ago. Picture: PA
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A LONG-LOST relative of Nessie may have been discovered in Scotland.

This monster lived 170 million years ago – not in Loch Ness, but a warm shallow sea around what is now the Isle of Skye.

Scientists from Edinburgh University who studied fossil fragments found in Skye in the past 50 years. have identified it as a new species of ichthyosaur, a large dolphin-like marine reptile that grew up to 14 feet long.

Lead researcher Dr Steve Brusatte, from the University of Edinburgh’s School of Geosciences, said: “During the time of dinosaurs, the waters of Scotland were prowled by big reptiles the size of motor boats.

“Their fossils are very rare, and only now, for the first time, we’ve found a new species that was uniquely Scottish.”