Why is along came used in this way in the following sentence?

Probably back in some previous biology course, you learned that snakes evolved from lizards and that the first snakes weren't venomous and then along came more advanced snakes, the venomous snakes.

What is the differences between come along and along come? Is it inversion? What is the meaning? How could I use it?

I know several ways of using inversion but I have not seen anything like this.


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The phrase "along came" means something or someone passed by the observer, but it is often used in a figurative sense to talk about something that comes to pass in history. For example:

Along came calculus.

Meaning at some point in history, calculus came into existence.

"Come along" is more of an invitation for someone to join you on a trip. This could also be used in a figurative sense and is often used in documentaries:

Come along as we explore the history of Greece.

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