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First fossilized snake embryo ever discovered rewrites history of ancient snakes
phys.org ^ | July 19, 2018 | by Katie Willis, University of Alberta

Posted on 07/19/2018 12:07:59 PM PDT by Red Badger

A fossilized baby snake discovered in a 105-million-year-old amber fragment shows the ancient species lived in a forest environment in what is now Myanmar. Credit: Cheung Chung Tat

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TOPICS: Education; History; Pets/Animals; Science
KEYWORDS: burma; godsgravesglyphs; myanmar; paleontology; qanon
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The first-ever discovery of an ancient snake embryo, preserved in 105-million-year-old amber, provides important new information on the evolution of modern snakes, according to a new study led by University of Alberta paleontologists.

"This snake is linked to ancient snakes from Argentina, Africa, India and Australia," explained paleontologist Michael Caldwell, lead author and professor in the Department of Biological Sciences. "It is an important—and until now, missing—component of understanding snake evolution from southern continents, that is Gondwana, in the mid-Mesozoic."

Caldwell and his international team, including collaborators from Australia, China and the United States, have tracked the migration of these ancient Gondwanan snakes beginning 180 million years ago when they were carried by tectonic movements of continents and parts of continents, from Australia and India, to Madagascar and Africa, and finally to Asia, in modern-day India and Myanmar.

The amber fragment in which the specimen was found also provided important clues about its environment.

"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," explained Caldwell. "Not only do we have the first baby snake, we also have the first definitive evidence of a fossil snake living in a forest."

The tiny snake's well-preserved skeleton (reconstruction at right) was found encased in a pebble-sized chunk of amber. Credit: Ming Bai, Chinese Academy of Sciences Using CT scans, the scientific team studied the ancient snake and compared it with the young of modern snakes. Their results yielded unexpected insight into the development and embryology of the ancient specimen, including the formation of the vertebrae and notochord.

"All of these data refine our understanding of early snake evolution, as 100-million year-old snakes are known from only 20 or so relatively complete fossil snake species," said Caldwell. "There is a great deal of new information preserved in this new fossilized baby snake."

The paper, "A Mid-Cretaceous Embryonic-to-Neonate Snake in Amber From Myanmar," was published in Science Advances.

More information: Lida Xing et al. A mid-Cretaceous embryonic-to-neonate snake in amber from Myanmar, Science Advances (2018). DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.aat5042

Journal reference: Science Advances

Provided by: University of Alberta

1 posted on 07/19/2018 12:07:59 PM PDT by Red Badger
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To: Red Badger

Jurassic Park! Whoopie! I call dibs on Jeff Goldblum’s character!


2 posted on 07/19/2018 12:11:26 PM PDT by Steely Tom ([Seth Rich] == [the Democrat's John Dean])
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To: Red Badger

The “first fossil.. ever discovered”. Not the fossil of the
earliest snake.

“Not only do we have the first baby snake, we also have the first definitive evidence of a fossil snake living in a forest.”

The first baby snake. Not the first fossil of a baby snake.

a fossil snake living... You have to watch those live fossil snakes. they’re mean.


3 posted on 07/19/2018 12:13:44 PM PDT by DannyTN
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To: Steely Tom

Jeff Goldblum has character?.............................


4 posted on 07/19/2018 12:14:10 PM PDT by Red Badger (July 2018 - the month the world discovered the TRUTH......Q Anon)
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To: Red Badger
Here's a modern descendant of that ancient snake:


5 posted on 07/19/2018 12:28:22 PM PDT by Ancesthntr ("The right to buy weapons is the right to be free." A. E. van Vogt)
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To: Red Badger
p01c
6 posted on 07/19/2018 12:34:09 PM PDT by Snickering Hound
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To: Red Badger

Snakes on a plane!

5.56mm


7 posted on 07/19/2018 12:38:50 PM PDT by M Kehoe
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To: Steely Tom

Yadda,yadda,yadda... fossilized snake embryos on a plane


8 posted on 07/19/2018 12:39:07 PM PDT by NativeSon ( Grease the floor with Crisco when I dance the Disco)
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To: Snickering Hound

My money’s on Snake Pliskin.


9 posted on 07/19/2018 12:50:09 PM PDT by carriage_hill (Life is simpler when you plow around the stump.)
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To: M Kehoe

Would make a good movie!.......................65 million year old snake cloned from amber! Turns out to be 100m long!.................


10 posted on 07/19/2018 12:51:00 PM PDT by Red Badger (July 2018 - the month the world discovered the TRUTH......Q Anon)
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To: Red Badger

So...if it’s an embryo, shouldn’t it be a snake egg that was encased in amber? I don’t believe that a snake able to move on it’s own on the forest floor and get trapped in amber is an embryo. But who knows, I’m not a biologist.


11 posted on 07/19/2018 12:51:08 PM PDT by Sergio (An object at rest cannot be stopped! - The Evil Midnight Bomber What Bombs at Midnight)
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To: carriage_hill

I thought he was dead


12 posted on 07/19/2018 12:55:13 PM PDT by shotgun ( .)
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To: Sergio

Maybe it was a tree snake...................


13 posted on 07/19/2018 12:55:45 PM PDT by Red Badger (July 2018 - the month the world discovered the TRUTH......Q Anon)
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To: Red Badger

Snip

Just say a word and the boys will be right there
With claws at your back to send a chill through the night air
Is it so frightening to have me at your shoulder?
Thunder and lightning couldn’t be bolder
I’ll write on your tombstone, I thank you for dinner
This game that we animals play is a winner

Let’s bungle in the jungle
Well, that’s all right by me
I’m a tiger when I want love
But I’m a snake if we disagree

snip

https://www.youtube.com/watch?reload=9&v=0frSN92mTGo


14 posted on 07/19/2018 1:00:47 PM PDT by Zeneta
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To: shotgun
He and Goldie Hawn have been living quietly in CA for many years.
15 posted on 07/19/2018 1:02:59 PM PDT by carriage_hill (Life is simpler when you plow around the stump.)
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To: Snickering Hound

But where the hell is Flight 370 ?


16 posted on 07/19/2018 1:05:29 PM PDT by carmen2017
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To: Red Badger

Eve’s heel left quite a dent in its skull.


17 posted on 07/19/2018 1:27:30 PM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Red Badger

Goa’uld


18 posted on 07/19/2018 1:29:12 PM PDT by Black Agnes
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To: Red Badger

Didn’t know liberals and Democrats went back that far.


19 posted on 07/19/2018 1:29:32 PM PDT by SkyDancer ( ~ Just Consider Me A Random Fact Generator ~ Eat Sleep Fly Repeat ~)
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To: StayAt HomeMother; Ernest_at_the_Beach; 1ofmanyfree; 21twelve; 24Karet; 2ndDivisionVet; 31R1O; ...
Thanks Red Badger. Some new evidence a-writhing.

20 posted on 07/19/2018 3:49:21 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (www.tapatalk.com/groups/godsgravesglyphs/, forum.darwincentral.org, www.gopbriefingroom.com)
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