A Snake with Four 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:”
Did you hear the exciting news about the scientist who found a snake with four legs? Well, actually it wasn’t a snake. It was a fossil that British paleontologist David Martill from the University of Portsmouth discovered in an almost-forgotten box at a museum in Germany.
After the fossil’s discoverer announced: “I realized we’d actually got the missing link between lizards and snakes”, it didn’t take long for tabloid-style headlines like these to start appearing:
• “Four-legged fossil holds secret of snake’s slithering origins”
• “Weird 4-legged snake was transitional creature” and
• “Snakes’ four-legged missing link”
Headlines like these are very misleading, to say the least. For one thing, this fossil is not the earth-shaking discovery that science publications would like us to believe. Have you ever heard of worm lizards? Did you know that many snakes with two legs have been found? The only thing different about this fossil is that it has four rather than two legs. Some scientists, in fact, aren’t even convinced it’s a snake at all. They think it’s just a reptile.
Here at Creation Moments, we think it’s quite possible that this four-legged snake fossil is hard evidence for what creationists have been saying all along about snakes. For as the Bible tells us in Genesis 3:14, God punished the serpent for deceiving Eve by making it crawl on its belly. This clearly suggests that snakes had legs before the curse.
Heavenly Father, give Your people a calm spirit so that we will not panic when scientists discover a fossil that appears to confirm evolution. No fossil will ever prove Your Word to be untrue! In Jesus’ Name. Amen.
“Four-legged snake fossil found”, ScienceDaily, 7/23/15. Photo: Taken by Dave Martill. Courtesy of the University of Portsmouth. (Fair Use)