STATES CHRONICLE – Snake evolution redefined: snakes could have had legs. We question our creation, our evolution and the things that we know about the world surrounding us and it seems that the time has come for us to debate the origins of snakes as well. An article on the subject of a walking snake has been published approximately one month ago, certifying that it is very possible that snakes once had legs and hands which they were using for different purposes.
Needless to say, the scientific community was astonished. Can it be possible that what we know about an entire species is wrong or incomplete? It might as well be true if we look at the details of this amazing fossil. The snake’s length measures around 20 cm and it appears to have very small members that resemble hands and legs. According to the specialists, snakes seem to have undergone a long evolutionary process.
It is quite possible that snakes’ arms and legs were larger before the period in which this snake had lived and could have been used for motion purposes. But even after the snakes started to crawl more and walk less, these arms and legs did not disappear, they simply had smaller dimensions, which could have been used for other activities.
This discovery created a great deal of controversy: some scientists wondered if they were dealing with a larger type of lizard and others debated on the origin of snakes. It is quite possible that snakes did not descend from creatures of the sea, just as we had known up until now, but from creatures who were crawling beneath the earth. Moreover, the nature of the discovery was questioned both legally and morally.
We know that the fossil originates from Brazil, yet it was “rediscovered” in a museum located in Germany. Fossils were not allowed to be transported outside Brazil starting with the 1940s, so whether the transportation occurred before or after this date remains a legal debate.
However, such claims seem to be swept aside by a more positive attitude towards the discovery: it is important that it was made. It is important that we have discovered this unique and fascinating detail about a species that we deemed to know so well. This finding could set the grounds for further
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