The first known fossil of a four-legged snake

Do you ever wonder what it might be like to make a new discovery?  Well, keep your eyes peeled and you could spot something no one has ever seen before.

Dr Dave Martill, a palaeontologist here at the University of Portsmouth, was taking some of his students on a field trip to a museum when he spotted a four-legged snake fossil in one of the displays.  Although it was labelled as ‘unknown fossil’ Dave knew it was a snake and a really important missing link between snakes and lizards, making it one of the oldest snakes in the world.

If you fancy a go at fossil hunting why not head to the beaches near Dinosaur Isle on the Isle of Wight or the Jurassic Coast in Dorset.  Don’t forget to let us know if you find anything!

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