Hardly a day goes by that science, anthropology, or archeology doesn’t confirm an aspect of the Bible’s creation account or another aspect of its historical narrative. Today is no exception, as archeologists have discovered from newly found fossils that snakes used to have legs.
And the Lord God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life (Genesis 3:14)
Science Advances is a secular science publication and in an article from last Thursday, it demonstrated that modern snakes’ had legged ancestors that were identical in almost every way except for the lacking appendages.
Several fossils of an extinct snake group named “Najash” – which date back to a the magical “shot-in-the-dark and totally contrived” number of “100 million years ago” were found in Patagonia, Argentina. Interestingly, that snake variety is named after the word nachash which is the Biblical Hebrew term for “snake.”
As the New York Times reported, the fossils include several skulls and seem to suggest that snakes and both front and back legs at one time.
According to Faithwire, “The notion that snakes started off as four-legged animals has been accepted by scientists for several years, although, according to the Times, no fossils have been found to corroborate the theory.”
“‘Snakeness’ is really old, and that’s probably why we don’t have any living representatives of four-legged snakes like we do all of the other lizards,” Michael Caldwell, a vertebrate paleontologist at the University of Alberta and a co-author of the study, explained to the Times.
The scientist said, “Snakes probably were one of the first lizard groups to start experimenting with limblessness.”
Of course, snakes – which are generally assumed to be the dumbest of all reptile species – didn’t “experiment” with limblessness. God took them just as he said that he did in Genesis 3.