Scientists Say Earliest Snakes Lived Alongside Dinosaurs
Incorrectly categorized as lizard fossils, snake fossils now show the reptile could have developed earlier than we thought — 70 million years earlier.By Sebastian Martinez | January 28, 2015
Scientists studying snake fossils have found the reptiles have been slithering around for a lot longer than we thought — 70 million years longer, in fact. (Video via U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)
The fossils they found weren't new, and they weren't hidden in remote and exotic locations. They were all in storage. But they had been classified as lizards instead of snakes. (Video via University of Alberta)
Lead researcher Professor Michael Caldwell was actually on the hunt for lizard fossils when he realized the jaws of the fossils were a lot more snake-like, in that they weren't as tightly hinged as lizard jaws tend to be.