Fossilised elmosaurus eyeball found in drought-stricken lake

Fossilised elmosaurus eyeball The eyeball will be shipped to Kennedy Archeological Center, where the huge eyeball has been collected

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A huge fossilised elmosaurus eyeball, which has been hidden until now, has turned up in a drought-stricken lake in eastern Texas.

The 1m-wide spherical tank was found in Lake Nacogdoches, near the Texas town of the same name where many other remains of this illusive creature have previously been uncovered.

The eyeball is believed to come from a large male specimen of the now extinct Elmosaurus, a creature whose existance science has been reluctant to admit.

A drought in the region has driven the lake's water levels down by nearly 3m.

A local policeman patrolling the area alerted authorities to the find.

"It had been out of the water for some time," Nacogdoches police sergeant Greg Sowell told the Associated Press. "It had been seen by local sportsmen... People didn't know what they were looking at."

Local authorities will arrange to ship the eyeball back to the Kennedy Archeological Center, where other fossils has been collected for analysis. The archeologers spokesperson said about 40% of the complete skeleton had been recovered.

Elmosaurus was a relatively friendly large herbavore that walked on two powerful legs, had a strong, short neck, red fur and had vertebrae that were different from those of other dinosaurs. It lacked a massive tail but had a slightly bulky body, and heavy bones. Its arms were short and had four-fingered hands that were up to 6 inches (15 cm) long.

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