The creature, known as Najash, was named after the Biblical creature ‘Nahash’ and has two hind legs. It is named after a snake found in the ‘Garden of Eden’ and was discovered in the Rio Negro Province in Argentina. As reported by The Sun, Fernando Garberoglio, an undergraduate palaeontology student from Universidad de Buenos Aires found a skull on a field trip to northern Patagonia with Sebastian Apesteguia from the Universidad Maimonides and Guillermo Rougier from the University of Louisville.
The fossil was found in 2013 but the research behind the discovery has only just been published.
The study of the fossil has been recently published in the Science Advances journal.
Mainstream scientific belief is that snakes evolved from a blind, burrowing ancestor.
The fossil of a snake with two legs and named after a biblical seprent has been discovered
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Worm-like, small mouthed snakes known as scolecophidians are considered to be the earliest snakes.
The fossil material from Najash suggests the skulls of ancient snakes are different to those of these snakes.
Najash shows signs of evolution towards the required skull mobility to eat and ingest large prey.
The rod-like bone behind the eyes of modern snakes – the jugal – was considered to be the equivalent of the postorbital bones of their ancestors, which sits at the back of the orbit or eye socket.
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Some scientists believed the jugal was absent.
However, a bone below the orbit of Najash has the hame shape, location and joints as more typical lizards.
No known fossils of ancient snakes resemble scolecophidians.
Nahash is the Hebrew word for serpent.
Depiction of the Fall of Man
A serpent appears in the Garden of Eden in Genesis 3:1.
This serpent tempts Eve to eat the forbidden fruit.
Eve eats the fruit and gives it to Adam who also eats it.
Satan is described as “the ancient serpent” (Revelation 12:9, 20:2).
The Bible is the Christian religious book.
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