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27 Mar 2012

The First Snake - Pachyrhachis

The ultimate origin of snakes, like the ultimate origin of turtles, is still a matter of ongoing debate. What we do know is that the early Cretaceous Pachyrhachis was one of the first identifiable members of its breed, a three-foot-long, two-pound, slithering reptile that possessed a pair of vestigial hind legs a few inches above its tail. Ironically, given the biblical connotations of snakes, Pachyrhachis and its hissing pals (Eupodophis and Haasiophis) were all discovered in the Middle East, either in or near the country of Israel.

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