Jamie's dig unearths a monster

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A FOSSIL hunter is claiming to have found the bones of a Loch Ness monster in a quarry on the outskirts of Peterborough.

A FOSSIL hunter is claiming to have found the bones of a Loch Ness monster in a quarry on the outskirts of Peterborough.Eighteen-year-old Jamie Jordan, nicknamed the Fossil Kid, made the exciting discovery in a hunt around the disused quarries in Yaxley.

And Jamie, of Canwell, Werrington, Peterborough, was amazed to also find the bones of a younger creature just 25 feet below the ground.

After months of studying with a palaeontologist, the bigger bones have been confirmed as those of a Plesiosaur – one of the first kinds of extinct animal known to science, which resemble Nessie, the Loch Ness Monster.

Jamie said: "It was a very rare discovery to find so many different skeletons right next to each other.

"After more research, we are hoping to donate the bones to a museum so they can be viewed by all enthusiasts."

The fossil hunter spends every minute of his spare time scouring sites, from Flag Fen and the brick pits in Warboys to ancient pine forests on the Isle of Wight.

And he believes that his staggering collection of time-frozen rocks and wood could be the biggest in the world.

His parents, Lorraine and Gary, are forever stumbling over rocks and stones that have been stored around their home and Jamie has trouble getting through the door to his bedroom.

The exhibits are now even spilling out into the garden, which resembles a scene from dinosaur movie Jurassic Park.

The teenager's hobby began when he was four-and-a-half during a holiday to Skegness.

He said: "I found a bird footprint in sediment rock which I took to the fossil museum and discovered it was a 120 million-year-old Cretaceous bird track.

"It immediately triggered my interest and I have been searching for dinosaurs ever since."

Ever since his first find, Jamie has been searching for fossils and adding to his swelling collection.

Jamie still has plans to go to Portsmouth University to study science and palaeontology before going to work in Montana, in the USA, where Tyrannosaurus Rex bones have been discovered.