Canvey Island specimen (People's Daily Online Photo)
Canvey Island specimen
The specimen first found in 1954 was described as being 76 cm (2.4 ft) long with thick reddish brown skin, bulging eyes and gills. It was also described as having hind legs with five-toed horseshoe-shaped feet with concave arches - which appeared to be suited for bipedal locomotion - but no forelimbs. Its remains were cremated after a hasty inspection by zoologists who said that it posed no danger to the public. A second, more intact, carcass was discovered in August, 1955. It was sufficiently fresh for its eyes, nostrils and teeth to be studied. However, no official explanation was given at the time as to what it was or what happened to the carcass.
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