11 February 2010

Titanoboa Cerrejonensis – fossils of biggest snake ever lived discovered!

Move over, dinosaurs. Paleontologists have discovered ancient fossils of a snake – now named Tinanoboa Cerrejonensis – which is the biggest snake that ever lived. We are talking about a snake that was longer than 43 feet, and weighed more than a tonne. That’s more weight than a car, and longer than some buses.

Compare vertebrae! A fossil of the Titanoboa Cerrejonensis dwarfs a vertebra of an anaconda

Compare vertebrae! A fossil of the Titanoboa Cerrejonensis dwarfs a vertebra of an anaconda

The announcement is to be made on Thursday by the international scientific team about Titanoboa Cerrejonensis, a huge snake whose fossils were found in the Cerrejen coal mines of Colombia. Titanoboa was a constrictor like today’s boas and anacondas, and dined on crocodiles and giant turtles about 60m years ago in what were then a steamy tropical rainforest.

Picture: Artist's impression of the Titanoboa Cerrejonensis in its natural habitat. That crocodile and tortoise are also supposed to be huge!

(http://www.dancewithshadows.com/tech)

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