Tsaparis Tscience: Pre-Historic Snake with Legs

Tsaparis Tscience
Posted at 10:15 AM, Jul 29, 2015
and last updated 2015-07-30 08:23:53-04

TALLAHASSEE (WTXL) - Have you ever heard of the Gulf Stream? Well, now there's a way to actually see this mysterious current. The flow moves warm waters like a highway from the Gulf of Mexico all the way to Western Europe. Now scientists at MIT combined satellite data and computer models to show the circulation and the heat that goes along with it. And you can even see the little eddy swirls as the current moves on by!

Get ready for the deepest pool in the world! Researchers at the University of Essex in the UK are trying to fund a pool 164 feet deep to help simulate deep sea diving, and also simulate microgravity in outer space. Currently, NASA's own training pool is only 40 feet deep, so this would be a much better simulation. What’s the pool's price tag? 60 million bucks.

Scientists have known for a long time that the ancestors of modern snakes had legs, but never actually saw a fossil with the functioning limbs, until now. Paleontologists call this new creature "tetrapodophis amplectus" which lived about 1113 million years ago. Its 8 inches long, but its legs are less than a centimeter in length. But the story gets weirder, get this, this fossil was found decades ago, but because the limbs are so tiny--it wasn't discovered that there were legs on this prehistoric snake until this week.