With each other with his colleague Hussam Zaher of the College in São Paulo, Senckenberg scientist Krister Smith explained the world’s oldest recognised fossils of a python. The almost totally preserved snakes with a size close to one particular meter have been identified in the UNESCO Earth Heritage Site ‘Messel Pit’ and are about 47 million yrs old. The new python species, Messelopython freyi, was named in honor of paleontologist Eberhard ‘Dino’ Frey of the Condition Museum of Normal Record in Karlsruhe. The study was revealed today in the scientific journal Biology Letters.
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