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RE: Loch Ness

Correct, Dan AND the lochs were formed during the ice ages, long after
Pleisiosaurs were extinct (according to the
fossil record).  I thought an English physician (drawing a blank on his
name) confessed that he faked the famous
Nessie photograph?  I've visited relatives in Inverness & Nessie is
primarily a way to sell stuff to the tourists.
Only some of the locals take it seriously & the sightings I was told about
were not only anecdotal, but mostly 2nd
or 3rd hand.  Loch Ness is haunting though & can be enjoyed for its scenic
beauty, sans "monsters". :-)


> -----Original Message-----
> From: Danvarner@aol.com [SMTP:Danvarner@aol.com]
> Sent: Tuesday, January 12, 1999 8:49 PM
> To:   dinosaur@usc.edu
> Subject:      Loch Ness
>   The PBS program, Nova, _The Beast of Loch Ness_, was, to me very
> disappointing and, sadly, poorly researched. I think I've mentioned this
> here
> before, but I'll say it again: the original 1934 photo of "Nessie" is a
> "swipe" from Charles R. Knight's 1898 watercolor of the then
> "Brontosaurus" at
> the American Museum of Natural History. The AMNH Apatosaurus had not been
> mounted yet and Knight gave the neck a very sharp angle from the body. He
> corrected this in his magnificent sculpture posed in the same position as
> the
> mounted skeleton. The watercolor, however, had already been reproduced
> around
> the world, even in Scotland. Curiously, he reverted to the sharp angle
> again
> whenever he depicted the animal partially submerged, as in the lithograph
> for
> _Life Through the Ages_in 1940. Zallinger also "borrowed" Knight's imagery
> of
> Brontosaurus for his Age of Reptiles mural at Yale--even down to the
> dewlap on
> the ventral side of the neck.
>  The classic Loch Ness monster photo displays Knight's quite unintentional
> error. See for yourself. Too bad Nova did so little research of the
> paleontological aspect. I wish we could have seen more of those wonderful
> plesiosaurs at the B.M.(N.H.). Dan Varner.