Legend of Loch Ness Monster will be tested with DNA samples     

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WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) – The stories seem as tall as the lake is deep. For hundreds of years, visitors to Scotland’s Loch Ness have described seeing a monster that some believe lives in the depths.

But now the legend of “Nessie” may have no place left to hide. A New Zealand scientist is leading a team to the lake next month to take samples of the murky waters to conduct DNA tests and determine what species live there.

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Professor Neil Gemmell says he’s no believer in Nessie, but he wants to take people on an adventure and communicate some science. Besides, his kids think it’s one of the coolest things he’s done.

One of the more far-fetched theories is that Nessie is a long-necked plesiosaur that somehow survived the period when dinosaurs became extinct.