Snake arms: Tetrapodophis amplectus fossil discovery shows lizard-snake ancestor (VIDEO).

An Eerie Ancient Snake Had Four Tiny Arms to Hold Its Prey While It Fed (Video)

An Eerie Ancient Snake Had Four Tiny Arms to Hold Its Prey While It Fed (Video)

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July 26 2015 11:52 AM

A Snake With Arms

Meet tetrapodophis amplectus, or “four-legged hugging snake.”

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Julius S. Cstony

Tetrapodophis amplectus, or “four-legged hugging snake,” had pointy, slightly curved teeth and long-fingered feet that may have been used to hold its prey as it fed. A fossil was recently recovered from a private collection in Germany and classified by researchers.

Jim Festante is an actor/writer in Los Angeles and regular video contributor to Slate. He is the author of the Image Comics miniseries The End Times of Bram and Ben.