170 million-yr-old bones of Loch Ness monster's relative found in Scotland

Scientists have recently discovered bones of relative of Loch Ness monster who lived in the waters of the Isle of Skye in Scotland 170 million years ago.

ANI| Last Updated: Jan 12, 2015, 15:14 PM IST

London: Scientists have recently discovered bones of relative of Loch Ness monster who lived in the waters of the Isle of Skye in Scotland 170 million years ago.

Researchers from the University of Edinburgh discovered a new species of 14-foot long sea monster, which bares more than a passing resemblance to Scotland's most famous mythical beast, the Daily Express reported.

Fossil remains extracted from Skye throughout the past 50 years were studied, a number of which were identified as ichthyosaurs and one previously unknown species was found.

The species was named Dearcmhara shacrossi after the gaelic for marine lizard and the amateur fossil hunter Brian Shawcross who unearthed the remains in 1959.

The waters around Skye are known to contain a bounty of fossils, as they are one of the few places on the planet where fossils from the Middle Jurassic Period could be found.