posted on Dec, 22 2006 @ 07:22 AM
an important detail which sensationalist press coverage has convienently overlooked is this creatures size [ < 7cm ] , and its age [ or more accuratly
, maturity ] - the fossil would have been still born , or have died shortly after birth . as an adult , it should have grown to > 1m .
also , the rarity of the mutation which produces 2 headed reptiles should not be overlooked - as pointed out in another article , the instances of 2
headed snakes is amazingly rare . though thre are millions of snakes alive @ any one time
so given how rare fossilisation is , it is a remarkable find - kudos to its discoverers - and a
to HELLMUTT for bringing it to ATS attention .
PS - up the artist impression really sucks and pisses me off .
though for once it seems quite accurate : my trusty new
has a picture of the fossil
and here is an mature example of family Choristodera
the elongated neck may be a mutation too , but the ovesized head is a signiture trait of a hatchling .