Snake Fossil With 4 Legs Found
Scientists have long scoffed at the Biblical account of how the serpent in the Garden of Eden walked upright before being cursed, but a newly found 113-million-year-old fossil actually proves that snakes once had four legs.
The new 19.5 cm long fossil, dubbed Tetrapodophis amplectus and revealed by BBC on Friday, indicates that snakes indeed once had means of not just “eating dust.”
While several previous finds had hind limbs, this is the first with four legs and is thought to be the oldest direct ancestor of current snakes.
The legs of the new first find are small and likely weren’t used for full walking, but could have been used to grab prey and burrow. According to experts, the fossil was apparently in a stage of adaption, indicating previous versions likely used their legs to walk.
Dr. Nick Longrich of the University of Bath, an author in a new study on the find published in Science, told BBC about the amazing discovery.
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