Four-Legged Fossil Snake Stirs The Evolutionary Pot

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Scientists have discovered a four-legged fossil snake that has turned the evolutionary history of the reptile on its head. Tetrapodophis amplectus was discovered a few decades ago but it sat in a private collection out of the way of scientists. The snake was rediscovered in 2012 and palaeobiologist David Martill of the University of Portsmouth in the United Kingdom was fairly certain that it was a snake. After examining the fossil under a microscope he was confident that Tetrapodophis amplectus was indeed a snake and not a lizard.
Original languageEnglish
Specialist publicationReptiles Magazine
Publication statusPublished - 23 Jul 2015


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