Eophis

Name: Eophis ‭(‬dawn snake‭)‬.
Phonetic: E-oh-fiss.
Named By: M.‭ ‬W.‭ ‬Caldwell,‭ ‬R.‭ ‬L.‭ ‬Nydam,‭ ‬A.‭ ‬Palci‭ & ‬S.‭ ‬N.‭ ‬Apesteguía‭ ‬-‭ ‬2015.
Classification: Chordata,‭ ‬Reptilia,‭ ‬Squamata,‭ ‬Ophidia.
Species: E.‭ ‬underwoodi‭ (‬type‭)‬.
Diet: Carnivore.
Size: Unavailable.
Known locations: United kingdom,‭ ‬England‭ ‬-‭ ‬Forest Marble Formation.
Time period: Bathonian of the Jurassic.
Fossil representation: Well preserved remains.




       At the time of its description in‭ ‬2015,‭ ‬Eophis was known as one of the oldest snakes to appear.‭ ‬So early and primitive is Eophis,‭ ‬that this snake still had four legs,‭ ‬all very small and underdeveloped,‭ ‬but visibly present none the less.‭ ‬Despite these primitive features,‭ ‬Eophis already has a snake like head.

Further reading
-‭ ‬The oldest known snakes from the Middle Jurassic-Lower Cretaceous provide insights on snake evolution.‭ ‬-‭ ‬Nature Communications.‭ ‬6‭ ‬-‭ ‬M.‭ ‬W.‭ ‬Caldwell,‭ ‬R.‭ ‬L.‭ ‬Nydam,‭ ‬A.‭ ‬Palci‭ & ‬S.‭ ‬N.‭ ‬Apesteguía‭ ‬-‭ ‬2015.



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