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Mystery of How Snakes Lost Their Legs Solved By Reptile Fossil
Science & Tech  (tags: research, scientists, fossils, snakes, interesting )

- 936 days ago -
Fresh analysis of a reptile fossil is helping scientists solve an evolutionary puzzle - how snakes lost their limbs. CT scans of fossil and modern reptiles indicate that snakes lost their legs when their ancestors evolved to live and hunt in burrows.
Four-Legged Snake Fossil Found
Science & Tech  (tags: ancient, animals, archaeology, discovery, evolution, snakes, reptiles, lizards, fossil, oldest )

- 1063 days ago -
An absolutely exquisite fossil of a snake that had four legs has been discovered by a team of scientists and may help show how snakes made the transition from lizards to serpents.
Unusual Virus Ties Snakes in Knots
Science & Tech  (tags: ancient, discovery, environment, interesting, investigation, news, science, snakes, study, world )

- 2133 days ago -
Researchers at U.C. San Francisco, discovered a class of virus that causes snakes to regurgitate their food, stop eating, and twist themselves into knots. It may be a dinosaur virus eons old. Logged by Sunstroke author David Kagan in Doomwatch Legacy.
In Snails and Snakes, Features to Delight Darwin
Science & Tech  (tags: darwin, snakes, snails, 150th anniversary, evolution, Malay Archipelago, On the Origin of Species )

- 3131 days ago -
Charles Darwin seems to have had a boundless interest in the many forms life takes on earth. He could find something about any animal or plant that piqued his insatiable curiosity, and masses of such observations fueled his prodigious output
VIRGINIA: Snake Fear Part of Human Evolution?
Science & Tech  (tags: USA, herpetology, reptiles, snakes, fear of snakes, psychology, phobias, science )

- 3765 days ago -
Two University of Virginia researchers believe that humans are genetically predisposed to be deathly afraid of snakes. Judy S. DeLoache, a U.Va. professor of developmental psychology, said she has a snake phobia, but wonders why. "The question was, where
Snakes Locate Prey Through Vibration Waves
Science & Tech  (tags: snakes, vibration, prey, wildanimals, wildlife, research, science, interesting, discovery )

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- 3770 days ago -
It is often believed that snakes cannot hear. This presumption is fed by the fact that snakes lack an outer ear and that scientific evidence of snakes responding to sound is scarce. Snakes do, however, possess an inner ear with a functional cochlea.
Snakes Can Hear Sound From the Sand, Even in Stereo
Science & Tech  (tags: research, science, discovery, habitat, environment, evolution, study, snakes, biomechanics, naval engineering, neurology )

- 3794 days ago -
Flexibility of the lower jaw of snakes evolved because being able to swallow large meals is an advantage if food is in short supply and competition fierce.Separation of the sides of the lower jaw allowed an interesting form of hearing to develop.

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