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According to Longrich, the find settled the debate about whether snakes adapted on land or on water.
"This is the most primitive fossil snake known, and it's pretty clearly not aquatic," said Longrich, explaining that the snake's tail wasn't paddle-shaped for water use and it had no fins, and likewise the structure of its short snout and long trunk indicated a burrower snake.
Longrich was expecting an in-between species which would suggest an evolution of the snake species, but he was "really blown away" to find a full-fledged snake - just with legs.
He said he saw "a lot of very advanced snake features" such as hooked teeth, a flexible jaw and spine, as well as scales.
"And there's the gut contents - it's swallowed another vertebrate. It was preying on other animals, which is a snake feature. It was pretty unambiguously a snake. It's just got little arms and little legs."
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Editor's Note: Attached photo is indeed a lizard, as a snake fossil photo has not yet been made available. In the meantime, please enjoy Dexter
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