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Yikesss! Archaeologists discover fossil human poop containing the remains of an entire venomous snake eaten during suspected ritual (including a FANG)

Archaeologists have discovered what’s thought to be the first example of an ancient human who consumed an entire venomous snake – fangs and all.

In a one-of-a-kind discovery at the Conejo Shelter in Texas, researchers recovered the bones, scales, and a single fang of a viper from fossilized human feces.

The remains of the precarious meal date back to roughly 1,500 years ago, and researchers suspect it was part of a ritual or ceremony.

Researchers from Texas A&M University and Wichita State University detailed the unusual findings in a new paper published to the Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports.

In the study, the team analyzed samples from more than 1,000 coprolites (fossil poop) found in Texas during the 1960s.

It’s thought that the site may once have served as a latrine.

The samples revealed clues on the diets of hunter-gatherers in the region over 1,500 years ago – in the hot, dry climate, these people survived on small animals and what vegetation they could forage.

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