'Winged' snake species from 5 million years ago discovered
May 21, 2017
GRAY, Tenn. (AP) — A new species of snake that lived roughly 5 million years ago has been discovered at a fossil site in Tennessee.
A study published in the Journal of Herpetology says the snake has been named Zilantophis schuberti, which roughly translates to "Schubert's Winged Snake."
The snake is named in part after Blaine Schubert, the executive direct of the Gray Fossil Site where the discovery was made.
Steven Jasinski, lead author of the study, and co-author David Moscato, were students of Schubert's.
Jasinski says the snake didn't have wings, but what makes it different is that it...