A dog named Raffle came across a Jurassic plesiosaur fossil while walking with his owner Tracy Barclay in Lyme Regis, Dorset, England. It happened 16 years ago and only now have scientists decided to put the dinosaur's skeleton on public display.

The rare skeleton found by Raffle remained buried near Monmouth Beach for millions of years. As Barclay recalls, that day they stopped on the sidewalk to have a break and Raffle sat down next to her.

Tracy Barclay with her dog Raffle.Source: Metro

"When Raffle got up, he started digging. I know what fossils look like, and what he found were some vertebrae," Barclay said.

The woman reported the find to archaeologists, who started excavations on the beach. As experts later said, Raffle found a plesiosaur paddle bone. These were marine reptiles with long necks and powerful paddle-like limbs due to which they could swim.

A Plesiosaur. Source: Metro

All 16 years, experts have been restoring the reptile's skeleton and searching for more fossils on the beach. They have been able to reconstruct 70% of the reptile skeleton, which was modeled in 3D to show the world.

Scientists have been able to reconstruct 70% of the reptile skeleton. Source: Metro

The Heritage Center added that there are only a few 3D specimens in the world, so this was a very rare find. The plesiosaur, which lived in the Jurassic seas near Dorset, was affectionately named Raffle after the pet who had found the reptile.

Raffle helps archaeologists search for more bones. Source: Metro

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