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Prehistoric baby snake found trapped in amber


Posted on Thursday, 19 July, 2018 | Comment icon 3 comments

The snake met a sticky end trapped in tree resin. Image Credit: L Xing et al. / Science Advances 2018
Scientists have discovered the well-preserved remains of a jeuvenile snake dating back 99 million years.
The specimen, which is thought to have been unearthed in Myanmar (Burma), was donated by a private owner to the museum of the Dexu Institute of Palaeontology near Beijing, China.

Dating back to the Cretaceous period, the amber contains the oldest known fossil of a baby snake ever discovered. Scientists have dubbed the species Xiaophis myanmarensis.

"Even though it is a baby, there are very unique features of the top of the vertebrae that have never been seen before in other fossil snakes of a similar kind," said co-author Prof Michael Caldwell.

"Xiaophis fits into the base of the snake family tree, and into a group of snakes that appear to be very ancient."

In addition to the snake, the amber also contains evidence of the habitat in which it once lived.

"It is clear that this little snake was living in a forested environment with numerous insects and plants, as these are preserved in the clast," said Caldwell.

Source: Live Science | Comments (3)

Tags: Snake, Amber

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by Piney on 18 July, 2018, 19:23
Awesome!
Comment icon #2 Posted by acute on 18 July, 2018, 19:26
99 million years?!? Come back in a million years time and we'll celebrate. Until then.....
Comment icon #3 Posted by Kittens Are Jerks on 18 July, 2018, 20:48
First thing I thought was oh that poor baby, then what an amazing find, and then back to oh that poor baby a newborn caught up in a 'blob' of amber. So sad.


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