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Snake found with clawed hand growing out of it.

  1. Sep 21, 2009 #1
    http://news.ninemsn.com.au/world/863766/snake-born-with-hand-shocks-scientists [Broken]

    Some kind of genetic mutation perhaps?
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  3. Sep 21, 2009 #2
    Video would have been amazing. I would have been freaked too!
  4. Sep 21, 2009 #3

    Ivan Seeking

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    Eh, I don't believe it. Probably a hoax.

    The news coming out of China lately is pretty tabloidish, so reader beware.
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  5. Sep 21, 2009 #4
    Can't mutations cause any outgrowth potentially? Like, you could find something that looked like a human head growing out of a donkey's backside, but it would just be really really really really really really really really really unlikely for mutations of DNA to be that widespread and specific to give that result. More than likely, if you zap a donkey fetus with radiation it will just develop tumors and die.
  6. Sep 21, 2009 #5
    Looks like it just ate something to me.. You can see the lump.
  7. Sep 21, 2009 #6
    perhaps a case of a vestigial limb mutation? Snake genomes do supposedly contain the instructions for growing a limb.
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    After dead snake was found, officials said

    Well, it was enough to interrogate the murderer:

  9. Sep 21, 2009 #8
    Its just a lizard.
  10. Sep 22, 2009 #9
    That particular snake likes to eat little people for his dinner but one of them objected and started to claw his way out.
  11. Oct 22, 2009 #10
    A retrovirus could be involved.
    In Australia there are a lot of weird creatures which, seemingly unrelated, are marsupial. In the same country are many variant insects which have wings, unlike their otherwise similar counterparts in New Zealand.
  12. Oct 22, 2009 #11

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    Snakes have a common lizard ancestor. Some extant snake species have vestigial legs - boas and pythons for example.

    Having a "leg" grow is not all that weird considering the ancestry of snakes.
  13. Oct 22, 2009 #12


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    I was thinking the same. It wouldn't take much of a genetic mutation for a limb to grow. It may be more surprising that it doesn't happen more often.
  14. Oct 22, 2009 #13
    but if I may harp on about the retrovirus idea...
    ... this is a more credible mechanism for evolution than any other I've heard of.
  15. Oct 23, 2009 #14
    But yet something inside me just wants to scream and run.
  16. Oct 23, 2009 #15
    Notice to all mutants: Beware or easily frightened normals.
  17. Oct 25, 2009 #16
    well its a reputable news website.. is there any follow up? thx
  18. Nov 7, 2009 #17
    What, no shadow of the supposed limb?

    Obvious fake.
  19. Nov 16, 2009 #18
    I think it's a bit obvious that the snake had ate something beforehand.
    That is why this snake looks so deformed!

    Any hope of referring to evolution is a complete fail. According to evolution lizards evolved into snakes, so this would be devolution. Not to mention the fact that a whole leg wouldn't form. So its obvious that it's the snakes guts coming out - perhaps it had eaten a lizard?
  20. Dec 18, 2009 #19
    Give that woman a hand ... and she will glue it onto a snake. Seriously though, that is the work of devil if ever i saw it.
  21. Dec 18, 2009 #20
    retrovirus's are thought to transfer dna between species
  22. Jan 23, 2010 #21
    Snakes used to have limbs, but then they got less important or something and then the theory of evolutin killed them off (perhaps no natural predators). NOw that snakes are getting destroyed by humns, maybe apossible re-awakening of genetic genomes to grow limbs?
  23. Jan 27, 2010 #22
    we have snakes like these here in the philippines, its called "banakon" i think, its hands is not like the one in the picture but smaller. snakes like these dont use much use their hand for anything.
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    http://bisayangkikay.i.ph/photo/d/244-1/Banakon.jpg [Broken]
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  24. Jan 27, 2010 #23


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    So you're claiming the limb is photoshopped or an illusion? The angle the light is shining at the wrong angle to give the limb a shadow on the ground next to the snake with the rest of its body.
  25. Jan 28, 2010 #24


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    Affirmation that one should not bite the hand that feeds you.
  26. Jan 28, 2010 #25


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    No need for supposedly, those genes are just suppressed. Like most of our ancient genes, which shape the fetus in all it's stages (fish,amphibian,bird,mammal). Everyone of you had a tail while growing inside the womb.

    So the poor snake just has a simple malformation. Might not even be passed through reproduction. But we will never know as it is dead.
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