FOSSILS SPECIMEN: SNAKES

Fossils are defined as any evidenceĀ of prehistoric life. There are two types of fossils: Body Fossils include remains of skeletal bones, shell, carapace, test and teeth. Trace Fossils are clues the organism existed such as foot prints, tracks, burrows and coprolites (fossil dung).

Snakes are an ancient lineage of diapsid reptiles that have been on this Earth since the time of the dinosaurs. The first snakes did have legs in the Jurassic Period and lost them by the late Cretaceous. The ancestors to snakes have been identified in the Jurassic period with limbs. To see my snake models click here.

Kingdom: Animalia – Phylum: Chordata – Class: Reptilia – Order: Squamata – Ophidia – Clade: Serpentes

(snakes)

Late Cretaceous to Holocene

 

Snake Vertebrate

Pleistocene

Flordia, United States

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