Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Fossil 'winged serpent' is a new species of ancient snake, Penn doctoral student finds

05/16/2017 01:00 PM EDT

Zilantophis schuberti is a newly identified snake species found in eastern Tennessee

An ancient sink hole in eastern Tennessee holds the clues to an important transitional time in the evolutionary history of snakes. Among the fossilized creatures found there, according to a new paper co-authored by a University of Pennsylvania paleontologist, is a new species of snake that lived 5 million years ago.

Full story at https://news.upenn.edu/news/fossil-winged-serpent-new-species-ancient-snake-penn-doctoral-student-finds

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