MYSTERY DEEPENS; Nessie Fossil 'Planted' Say Experts

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Byline: RICHARD GRAY

THE man who claims he disovered ancient reptile bones on the shores of Loch Ness has been accused of "planting" them to make money.

Retired scrap dealer Gerald McSorley admits he has been offered pounds 20,000 for the bones from fanatics around the globe fascinated by the Loch Ness monster.

The 67-year-old from Stirling insists he found the perfectly preserved Jurassic plesiosaur vertebrae while paddling in the shallows.

And he says they must belong to a prehistoric relative of Nessie.

Last night Mr McSorely said: "I have had calls from all over the world, including New Zealand and Japan.

"If the price is right then I will certainly sell."

But fossil experts yesterday poured scorn on his claims. They believe the bones are from a site on the Moray Firth, near Cromarty, 20 miles away.

Matthew Dale, manager of Mr Wood's Fossils, in Edinburgh, said: "He brought it in to me last week because he wanted it valued. The fossil has definitely been in the sea as it has holes in it which are only made by marine animals.

"But Loch Ness is not a marine environment. …