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Until the twentieth century, sightings described a large snake but in 1936 they began to talk about a long-necked marine reptile.
The idea of the existence of a millennial monster in Loch Ness has been feeding the imagination of the inhabitants and visitors of the area for more than 200 years, who have reported more than 1,500 alleged sightings. In fact, the year in which there is not one or several warnings of the presence of a long-necked reptile is rarepeeping through the waters of the lake. There have been hundreds of studies on this mythical animal, but the last one has collected all the information and statistics related to monster since the beginning of the 19th century. The first supposed sightings spoke of the fact that it was a sea monster in the form of a snake. But there was a moment that changed everything and that generated the change of the collective imagination.
The revolution came with the first discoveries of fossils of dinosaurs and reptiles, but especially with the exhibitions of these remains in museums in different parts of Britain. Among those discoveries was one of the long-necked plesiosaurs, which lived more than 66 million years ago, and which influenced the versions of the sightings that were reported from that moment, who went on to talk about a monstrous reptile, with a huge neck, reports “DailyMail”.
Charles Paxton of the University of Saint Andrews and paleontologist Darren Naish of the University of Southampton have used statistical techniques to draw conclusions from reports of sea monsters dating back to 1801. The duo reviewed 1,688 historical reports, including testimonies from first hand, newspapers and books, which covered 1,543 alleged sightings. Discarded sightings that were obvious deceptions, they found a common pattern that began in the early nineteenth century, most of the sea creatures sighted had long necks.
The supposed sightings of sea creatures began in the 1800s, but in the first years only 10% of all recorded cases described monsters with long necks as plesiosaurs. However, the figure increased to 50 percent in the 1930s. With these data, the researchers suggest that the “dinomania” had fired the imagination of the public in such a way that a kind of “collective illusion” was created. Hence, any inexplicable form seen in the waters of Loch Ness would be attributed to a dinosaur.
And there have been all kinds of hypotheses about the monster. Some researchers came to the conclusion that the always elusive “Nessie”, the name by which the sea beast was baptized, could be a plesiosaur, a type of marine reptile whose first complete skeleton was discovered in Lyme Regis in 1823. The monster supposedly survived the impact of the asteroids that killed the dinosaurs, according to some pseudoscientists, who argued that took refuge in the depths of the lake to survive.
In the year 1933 there was a real fever around the figure of Nessie and there were announcements of sightings of people from all over the world. That year, George Spicer and his wife had been driving through the lake when they claimed to have observed “an extraordinary animal form” crossing the road, leaving a trail of broken brush in its path. The monster, they said, was 25 feet (8 meters) long, with a long, narrow neck and no visible limbs. In November of that same year the first photograph that pretended to represent the monster was published.
The image, somewhat blurred, represented what appeared to be the neck of a dinosaur sticking out of the water. The detractors pointed out that what you see in the image could be from an otter swimming to a but with a stick in the mouth. In fact, the author of the photo was that day walking with his pet.
Source: La Razon