July 1, 2016

Who needs an osteologist? (Installment 39, Celebrity Edition!)

Maybe you've seen this, since it's now all over even the American news this morning? Some skeletal and intestinal remains along the shores of Loch Ness...

Yes, that Loch Ness.

It is, of course, a prank.  And a funny one.  But not a very anatomically correct one.  

Now, I'm not a zooarchaeologist, or a paleontologist, or a cryptozoologist, so take this opinion for what it is... but that looks like a pig skull (going based on the teeth here), three vertebral columns stuck together as if one long neck, probably some cow legs, a bunch of rib cages stuck together (again, probably cow judging by the size and by people's ability to get it easily).  And then a whole bunch of intestines and other offal.

If you have a better idea of what those animal bones are, do feel free to comment.

What would the Loch Ness Monster's actual skeleton look like, though, you ask?  I imagine, since it's supposed to be some sort of holdover from past epochs, it'd look more like a dinosaur -- maybe a diplodocus or, even better, the semi-aquatic nothosaurus that's been found all over Europe and Asia.

 So while I appreciate the elaborate nature of this prank, the frankenstein quality of the Nessie "skeleton" could have been better staged.

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