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A 'transitional fossil' debunked

Snakes are a very diverse group of present-day reptiles, with nearly 3,600 known species. They are readily recognized by their long bodies and lack of limbs. The origin of snakes from lizard-like precursors with paired limbs ...

dateOct 28, 2016 in Archaeology & Fossils
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How snakes lost a blueprint for making limbs

Snakes lost their limbs over 100 million years ago, but scientists have struggled to identify the genetic changes involved. A Cell paper publishing October 20 sheds some light on the process, describing a stretch of DNA involved ...

dateOct 20, 2016 in Plants & Animals
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