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They exhibit a reptile that inspired Nahuelito and the Loch Ness monster in Chocón

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They exhibit a reptile that inspired Nahuelito and the Loch Ness monster in Chocón

Visitors to Villa El Chocón who pass by the Ernesto Bachman museum will be able to marvel at an exhibition that contains science and mystique. The exhibition of a giant who lived in the waters 67 million years ago is the new attraction.

These are the remains of an elasmosaurid, an animal that is part of the large family of plesiosaurs, those extinct reptiles that inspired to the legends of Loch Ness in Scotland or “Nahuelito” in Lake Nahuel Huapi.

Juan Canale Paleontologist at the Ernesto Bachman Museum, explained that the elasmosaurids found in Antarctica and that is now exhibited in Neuquénweighed about 12 tons and was twice the size of other reptiles of the same family.

The scientist specified that the specimen is part of the aristonectine subfamily, they had the a slightly shorter neck, much more robust vertebrae and a much larger skull.

The specimen was baptized Marambionectes molinai in honor, on the one hand, of the Marambio base and, on the other, of Omar José Molina (1937-2022)member of the La Plata Museum, the first technician in Argentine paleontology to go to work in Antarctica in the 1970s.

The remains collected include the trunk and part of the tail, limbs, neck and skull, as well as stomach stones called gastroliths, possibly used to carry out the mechanical digestion of food.

They were extracted in their entirety in that first campaign, an intense and exhausting experience that was interrupted by a snow storm that lasted several days that isolated the research team in a shelter while waiting for better weather conditions that would allow them to complete the work.

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