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Old 04-14-2010, 08:27 PM   #1
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Default New Blind Snakes Found, Help Explain World Domination

New Blind Snakes Found, Help Explain World Domination
Brian Handwerk
for National Geographic News
Published April 1, 2010

New Blind Snakes Found, Help Explain World Domination
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The genes of a newfound snake family suggest blind snakes lived on the island of Madagascar since, well, before it was an island.
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Growing to about a foot (30 centimeters) long, blind snakes act a lot like worms, burrowing under the surface of every continent except Antarctica. Unlike worms, though, blind snakes have backbones and tiny scales.
"Continental drift had a huge impact on blind snake evolution by separating populations from each other as continents moved apart," said study co-leader Nicolas Vidal...
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