A 70-million-year-old plesiosaur skeleton could be named after the electrician who made the chance discovery more than four years ago, experts said yesterday.
The four-metre-long plesiosaur, which is to go on public show for the first time, is the first of its age and type to be found anywhere in the world and provides a vital missing link in the dinosaur's evolution, a spokeswoman for the Rotunda Geology Group said.
The marine reptile fossil was found by Doncaster-based electrician Nigel Armstrong on land south of Filey, North Yorkshire, in October 2002.
It is possible that the new species could be named after him, but scientists are yet to make that decision, the spokeswoman said. Convention would mean its name would include the word Armstrongi as it has to become latinised.
Academics from across the world are expected to study the discovery when it goes on show at the Scarborough Campus of the University of Hull on July 26.