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Archaeologists have discovered the remains of the world’s oldest snakes

The snake is perfectly preserved.

A newborn snake with a surprisingly well-preserved skeletal structure is the first of its kind ever found a fossil in amber. Her 99 million years – a fact that makes the discovery the oldest snake in the world found by paleontologists, writes the journal Science Advances.

The authors findings have named a new species of snake Xiaophis myanmarensis. “No one has ever seen fossils of such small snakes. And that goes back almost 100 million years – just amazing,” says one of the authors unique finds Michael Caldwell, an expert on fossil reptiles at the University of Alberta, Canada.

In another piece of amber, found in Myanmar, have found pieces of snake skin with light and dark stripes. He probably belongs to the more modern species of snakes, but scientists can’t give a precise answer to this question and confirm that this really is snakeskin. But if this is indeed the case, this will be the first piece of snake skin ever found in amber.

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