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Plesiosaur biomechanical study

Why the Loch Ness Monster is no plesiosaur
02 November 2006
From New Scientist Print Edition


...The plesiosaur, a marine reptile that lived 160 million years ago, looked like nothing alive today, with a neck that was some 2 metres long, the length of the body and tail combined. Why it needed such a long neck has been a mystery, but now Leslie Noà of the Sedgwick Museum in Cambridge, UK, has an answer.

Plesiosaurs used their long necks to reach down and feed on soft-bodied animals living on the sea floor, Noà told the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology meeting in Ottawa, Canada, last month. He examined fossils of a plesiosaur called *Muraenosaurus*, and by calculating the articulation of the neck bones he concluded the neck was flexible and could move most easily when pointing down....

More at:
http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg19225764.900-why-the-loch-ness-monster -is-no-plesiosaur.html


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