The devout cowboy lost his favorite Bible while he was mending fences out on the range. Three weeks later, a snake walked up to him carrying the very same Bible in its mouth. The cowboy couldn’t believe his eyes. He took the precious book out of the snake’s mouth, raised his eyes heavenward and exclaimed, “O Lord,  It’s a miracle!” “Not really,” said the snake. “Your name is written inside the cover.”

It is one of the iconic biblical stories, that of the serpent who walked upright to the woman in the garden and tempted her into eating the apple with the resulting curses, including all snakes now having to crawl on their belly for the rest of their existence.  But scientists have longed scoffed at the account, pointing out that no fossil record of such a creature exists.  Well, they aren’t laughing any more.  Let me explain.

Land animals have three kinds of locomotion; either legged, rolling or slithering.  And according to the Bible, in  the Garden of Eden, snakes stood upright on their legs.  We know this for two reasons.  One, the meaning of the word serpent (the Hebrew is nachash, meaning, “a shining, upright s-shaped creature”).  And two, if the serpent did not walk upright, then the punishment of now having to go around on its belly makes no sense. As well, Revelation 20:2 compares the old serpent to that of a dragon, which had legs.  So the pressure has been on biblical creationists by evolutionists to back up their belief with proof.   And now they have it.  It was while archaeologists were in South America digging outside a small town in north -eastern Brazil called Rionegrino, that the find took place.  And as Professor Nick Longrich of the University of Bath told the British Broadcasting Company (BBC), this is really an amazing discovery.  A fella professor, Dr. David Martill, describes in Science Magazine what is being called – “nachash (Hebrew word for serpent)  rionegrino (town where the fossil was discovered). “It has all the classic snake features, such as a short snout, long braincase, elongated body, scales, fanged teeth, and a flexible jaw to swallow large prey.  It also maintains the typical vertebrae structure seen in modern-day snakes that allows for the extreme flexibility required to constrict prey.  The main, glaring difference is its four limbs (two leg-like and two arm-like).”

The bottom line?  Creationists are just taking the striking news in stride.  After all, they have known all along that such a creature did exist at one time.  It’s all part of what Jesus said to be in Matthew 10:16, Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.