10 archaeological discoveries, because of which rewrote the history of ancient Greece
Ancient Greece is undoubtedly one of the most impressive "chapters" in the history of mankind. The complexity and duration of the existence of Greek culture is impressive today, because after…

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A spiral of skeletons, a bound woman and other ancient tombs that seem strange
It so happened in history that after the death of a man he expected a funeral rite. How exactly to bury a person - in a stone tomb, a wooden…

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In amber found ancient serpent
Scientists have discovered the remains of a baby snake about 100 million years old (mid-Cretaceous). They are preserved in a piece of amber found in Myanmar. This is the oldest…

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Graffiti of the first Christians, the Egyptian tomb and other unique artefacts found on islands hidden from civilization
There are thousands of islands in the world. Many of them have their own rich history, culture and secrets. Given the natural isolation, a strange culture for the rest of…

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In amber found ancient serpent

Scientists have discovered the remains of a baby snake about 100 million years old (mid-Cretaceous). They are preserved in a piece of amber found in Myanmar. This is the oldest known scientist baby snake and the only found species that lived in the forest area during this period of Earth’s history. The results of the analyzes are presented in the journal Science Advances.
The oldest fossil snakes belong to the Late Jurassic and Early Cretaceous periods (67? 140 million years ago).By that time, the remains are still not completely devoid of limbs, but already acquiring other anatomical features characteristic of snakes, for example, the structure of the skull. According to one hypothesis, the snakes decided to abandon their legs during the transition to life in burrows, where it is inconvenient to move around with the help of limbs that are characteristic of reptiles.
In amber found “proto-spiders” with long tails
The new snake, which received the species name Xiaophis myanmarensis, managed to grow to just five centimeters. The authors compared the bone anatomy of a new species with well-known representatives of the suborder of snakes in order to determine the evolutionary connections of reptiles. They conclude that this species appears to be descended from sea snakes. Due to this fact, it can be concluded that snakes “moved” from coastal areas to forests much earlier than paleontologists had previously thought. It also turned out that the development of the spinal bones in these reptiles almost did not change over millions of years.
The find will help to study and maturing snakes. The spine and the spinal cord of the young were at one of the last stages of the development of the young snake, which allows scientists to compare how this process occurs in modern snakes and their ancient relatives. The authors note that all previous snake finds from the middle of the Cretaceous period were made on the coasts of ancient reservoirs. The new discovery indicates that by this time, snakes were already occupying much more niches in ancient ecosystems.

Skulls with patterns and other mysteries of the ancient Turkish city of Gobekli Tepe, which became an archaeological sensation
The place where the ruins of Gobekli-Tepe are located first came to the attention of scientists back in the 1960s. However, at first almost no one paid attention to the…

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The Riddle of Easter Island: What Archaeologists Know About Gigantic Scenery
The mystery of Easter Island stirs the minds of historians and enthusiasts over the centuries. It has not yet been possible to explain the origin of the giant stone statues…

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