66 million years ago, a meteorite hit the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico, a crater with a diameter of 200 kilometers in the area had created. including dinosaurs destroying 76% of life on earth this collision may be the reason why snake varieties have survived to this day, according to a new study.
Scientists, after the meteorite hit, there were natural disasters such as tsunami, earthquake and fire for many years in the world, despite breaking the food chains of snakes stated that he could endure hunger for long periods of time by hiding underground.
Snakes have not changed much over millions of years.
One of the lead authors of the study, Dr. Catherine Klein; “Snakes were able to survive in this environment where the food chain was destroyed and adapted to their new environment by spreading to other continents”
When using the words , If it were not for the impact of the meteorite, the snakes would not have disappeared in the food chain and would not have been among us today. states.
According to the article published in Nature Communications, the ancestors of thousands of snake types found in the world today are based on the snake types in the period when the meteorite struck. Scientists have proven that it has not changed much over millions of years at the same time. , that the snake fossils found were legless and flexible jawed just like the living types. highlights.