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The four legged snake fossil declared as fake.

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  • The four legged snake fossil declared as fake.

    Science weeds out the phoney fossils or change the heritage of the species over time, and this one is interesting. This may note truly a fake(?), but mis classified species as an intermediate.
    Source: https://www.newsweek.com/four-legged-snake-fossil-fake-scientists-say-1653115




    Four-Legged Snake Fossil a Fake, Scientists Say

    BY MARTIN M. BARILLAS, ZENGER NEWS ON 11/27/21 AT 9:00 AM EST01:44

    A fossil once thought to be a snake with four legs, connecting lizards and early snakes, is not the missing link scientists had hoped for.

    Published in the Journal of Systematic Paleontology, a study led by paleontologist Michael Caldwell of the University of Alberta disputed the findings of a team of researchers that reported their discovery of what they believed was the first known example of a four-legged snake fossil. They dubbed it Tetrapodophis amplectus in their study published in the journal Science in 2015.

    "It has long been understood that snakes are members of a lineage of four-legged vertebrates that, as a result of evolutionary specializations, lost their limbs," said Caldwell. "It has thus long been predicted that a snake with four legs would be found as a fossil."


    In an artist's concept featuring the shallows near the shore during the Cretaceous period (145-66 million years ago), Tetrapodophis amplectus glides through a tangle of branches from the conifer Duartenia araripensis, which has fallen into the water, sharing this habitat with a water bug from the Belostomatidae family and a small fish (Dastilbe sp.).JULIUS CSOTONYINEWSWEEK NEWSLETTER SIGN-UP >
    The researchers in the original study estimated that T. amplectus was about 10 inches long.

    "If correctly interpreted based on the preserved anatomy, this would be a very important discovery," said Caldwell. "There are many evolutionary questions that could be answered by finding a four-legged snake fossil, but only if it is the real deal. The major conclusion of our team is that Tetrapodophis amplectus is not in fact a snake and was misclassified."

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    Or maybe a petrified salamander.

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      There are several snakes with legs in the fossil record.

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