First four-legged snake fossil discovered

SAO PAULO: 113-million-year-old four-legged snake fossil found in Brazil lately was estimated to be an ancestor of modern snakes.


According to the scientists, those snakes’ had tiny arms and legs of 4mm and 7mm long respectively, but their fingers and toes were very long and skinny, showing that they were probably not used for walking but for grabbing its prey.

The fossil coils and writhes on its slab, which the researchers considered as a sign that it was able to squeeze its meals into submission.

It was thus called huggy snake by Dr. Longrich, one of the study’s authors from the University of Bath.

“It would sort of embrace or hug its prey with its forelimbs and hindlimbs. So it’s the huggy snake,” he explained.

The idea that snakes developed from marine reptiles has been negated by researchers. Rather, it’s the most primitive fossil snake known, and Nick Longrich is quite sure that it’s not aquatic.

He explained that the shape of the creature’s tail is not for swimming and no sign of fins has been found. At the same time, the long trunk and short snout were the typical signs of a burrower.