Zilantophis schuberti is a newly identified fossil snake species found in eastern Tennessee. This small creature lived roughly 5 million years ago. | Steven Jasinski

‘Winged Serpent’ Fossils Discovered in Tennessee Sinkhole

Excavations at a five-million-year-old Tennessee sinkhole have yielded hundreds of snake bones, including the remains of an unusual new fossil species: Schubert’s Winged Serpent.

Published On 05/15/2017
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Paleontologists identified the new species by unique characteristics of its vertebrae. The arrow notes the location of wing-like projections that gave the species its name. | University of Pennsylvania
A modern red panda, which Pristinailurus bristoli resembled. | Wikimedia Commons