Four-Legged Snake Fossil Found in Museum

Living snakes lack legs. Many evolutionists believe the recent discovery of a four-legged fossilized snake is evidence of a burrowing lizard in the snake's evolutionary past. But is there another explanation? An explanation consistent with observable biological science and the Word of God?

A Day at the Museum

The four short legs on the 20 cm (7.8 in) snake-like fossil from Brazil's Crato formation remained unnoticed in Germany's Museum Solnhofen until spotted by University of Portsmouth paleontologist David Martill during a field trip. "The fossil was part of a larger exhibition of fossils from the Cretaceous period," Martill says. "It was clear that no-one had appreciated its importance, but when I saw it I knew it was an incredibly significant specimen."

Martill recruited Helmut Tischlinger and Nicholas Longrich to help study the fossil. "The preservation of the little snake is absolutely exquisite," Tischlinger says. "The skeleton is fully articulated. Details of the bones are clearly visible and impressions of soft tissues such as scales and the trachea are preserved." Longrich adds, "It is a perfect little snake, except it has these little arms and legs, and they have these strange long fingers and toes."

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