Extraordinary skull fossil reveals secrets of snake evolution

The headline reads: Beautifully Preserved Skull of ‘Biblical Snake’ with Hind Legs Discovered
What could be more appropriate to discuss here??

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Seems like they need a better understanding of Hebrew. Thankfully, I don’t think this will cause nearly as much confusion as Mt-eve and Y-adam.

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it might be actually a lizard, so we need to be very careful:

also note: " A long-standing hypothesis is that snakes evolved from a blind, burrowing lizard ancestor. A group of small, worm-like, small-mouthed burrowing snakes, known as scolecophidians have long been considered to be the most primitive living snakes.

The new Najash fossil material shows that the skulls of that lineage of ancient snakes were nothing like those of scolecophidian snakes"

Yes but did the snake talk? :sunglasses:

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The snake indeed first had leggs but probably looked nothing like a lizard. This fossil is after the fall and so just a regular snake. itys possible some snakes gained limbs for special needs but its still not a lefggy creature.modern snakes still, large ones, have remnants of legs in them. They are amongst the very, very, few creatures who have evidence of former bodyplans. This because evolutionism is not a true thing. however quick changes are true leaving no traces or trail. the modrrn snake is not evolving out of its former bodyplan but simply got rid of enough to becomee cursed to the dust.
by the way this fossil snake having no legs proves its only 6000 years old. from a genesis presumption.

Do you even read the links you post? Your post isn’t even about the same species.

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I would give scd the benefit of the doubt and assume the species Tetrapodophis amplectus referenced in his link was intended as a cautionary precedent. The Najash fossils constitute a number of specimens, however, and confirm a previous find, so a much clearer picture of the species is presented.

From the actual paper:
Najash is now the best-known early snake and substantially clarifies the homologies of several problematic but key elements of the modern snake skull as well as the evolution of the skull from much more ancient snakes and even earlier nonsnake lizards. These new materials of Najash shed light on the affinities of Late Mesozoic snakes and the successive evolutionary changes that led to the origin of modern snakes and one of the most remarkable vertebrate body plans.

New skulls and skeletons of the Cretaceous legged snake Najash, and the evolution of the modern snake body plan