Posted by: Nick Redfern on April 23rd, 2013
Over at Mysterious Universe, Micah Hanks has a new post that starts as follows:
“Looking back within the fossil record to around 300 million years ago, paleontologists today have managed to pry open a historical window to the past, and learn a lot about the kinds of deep-sea beasts that were swimming the warm waters of Earth’s deepest oceans. Though seldom, there have also been the occasional ‘holdovers’ that harken from an earlier age, and by studying such creatures, we’ve managed to learn even more about how certain species may be able to sustain themselves for extended periods, given the right ecological conditions.
“Most recently, this practice has been put to use, and with great success, in the proper DNA sequencing of a creature known as the coelacanth. This prehistoric, blue-tinged and beastly-looking fish has managed to exist virtually unchanged in the waters off the coast of Africa for hundreds of thousands of years, which of course begs the question as to whether other species around the world might have been capable of doing the same.”
Micah’s article also begs other questions, which are central to the theme of his article. Namely, to what extent might the local hotel business in the area have benefited from Nessie, perhaps by the spreading of more than a bit of tall-story-telling?