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Time to rethink distinction between reptiles and insects – researchers find flying snakes
In a finding that can change the way world has thought about the distinction between insects and reptiles, researchers have found fossils of a new species of snakes that had wings as it featured broad wing-shaped projections.

Named as Zilantophis Schuberti, the species has been found in the US. The researchers have claimed that the species existed about five million years ago.

The fossils have been found at the famous Gray Fossil Site in the US. The species has been named after a winged serpent named Zilant found in Russian mythology.

Published in the Journal of Herpetology, the study has claimed that while studying a large number of dark mineral-stained snake fossils, the researchers found the fossils of a snake species that did not match any known snake species.

"Snakes do not have arms or legs, but they have high numbers of vertebrae. These are often the bones that paleontologists use to identify fossil snakes," Doonwire quoted Steven Jasinski, a doctoral student at the University of Pennsylvania in the US.

The researchers have also said that by examining the fossils, it can be concluded that the snakes were probably related to Pantherophis and Lampropeltis. They have also claimed that the snake was about as large as a pointer finger.

The researchers are now working on separating the fossils from the sediment and other bones.

At a time, it was believed that the major distinction between insects and reptiles is their ability to fly. But with such discoveries coming up, it might be time to rethink our perceptions. Though the creatures might have been really small as compared to the present day snakes, but if their ability to fly is validated, it can result in reshaping the ways in which species are divided between reptiles and insects.

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