Head over to the website of the journal Nature for the scoop on this awesome new fossil of Tetrapodophis amplectus, a weird creature that lived about 120 million years ago, was obviously a snake, and yet had these four, tiny, perfect little legs:
Awwwwwww! And you haven’t even heard the best part. The species’ Latin name — I kid you not — “loosely translates as ‘four-legged hugging snake.'”
All together now: Awwwwwww!
There are a few different ways the createtariat might respond to news like this. They could treat it the same way they treat most scientific work and advancement — that is, completely ignore it. They could try to argue that this discovery, of an animal bearing bizarre, transitional features that are exactly what the theory of evolution predicts some animals would have borne in precisely this time period, is, well, not that, because, you know, reasons.
I would love to see a post from Answers in Genesis’ Bodie Hodge saying this find definitively proves that snakes originally had legs but lost them as a result of the punishment meted out to the serpent in Genesis 3, which may have been a real serpent possessed by the devil or may have been the devil in the form of a serpent, who knows, but we do know for sure that it definitely was not a symbol or literary device. No way.
But Bodie is probably too busy distorting scripture to bother with a trifling scientific discovery.
All I can say is: I. WANT. ONE. Seriously, like the second scientists figure out how to make the Jurassic Park cloning process happen, they need to start working on resurrecting one of these little guys for me. And I will name him Mr. Huggles, and have him wear a funny hat, and teach him to ride a unicycle, and he will be the greatest pet ever and my bestest friend for all time.
I mean, come on. Look at this thing! Freaking hugging snake! Just look at it snuggling with its little friend here. He’s even giving his neck a widdle nuzzle-wuzzle.