Snakes with Legs

A 85cm-long (33in) snake, Eupodophis descouensi has had its hind limbs fully revealed. The snake, which comes from the Late Cretaceous (92 million years ago), has been examined at the European Light Source (ESRF) in Grenoble, France. They used intense X-rays to confirm that the fossilised snake, which had one visible leg, had another leg hidden below the slab’s surface.

This is not the first evidence of limbs on snakes: there have been two other fossil snakes found with hind limbs. Read more on Cenomanian hind limbed snakes here.

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