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A Giant Snake Fossil Discovered in Columbia

February 6, 2009 1 comment

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we all knew “anaconda” as abiggest snake on earth and we couldnt imaginate there ware a Giant snake that can eats human easily except on movie “The Anaconda”. Until ” The largest Prehistoric Snake Fossil was found this week in Columbia “. was found by a group of scientist from University of Florida, US. they said, this prehistoric snake was lived in ancient tropical forrest hotter than they are now by at least 5 degrees Fahrenheit. And lived after TyrannosaurRex era its about 60 million years ago and Measuring approximately 42 feet long and weighing in at over 500 pounds.

The same issue carries another significant report from the distant past. Scientists said they’d found the oldest known evidence of animal life, remnants of steroids produced by sponges more than 635 million years ago in Oman.The discoverers of the snake named it Titanoboa cerrejonensis (”ty-TAN-o-BO-ah sare-ah-HONE-en-siss”). That means “titanic boa from Cerrej√≥n,” the region where it was found.

Titanoboa most lived in the water just like Anaconda.”This thing weighs more than a bison and is longer than a city bus,” said snake expert Jack Conrad of the American Museum of Natural History in New York, who was familiar with the find.

“It could easily eat something the size of a cow. A human would just be toast immediately.”

”If it tried to enter my office to eat me, it would have a hard time squeezing through the door,” said paleontologist Jason Head of the University of Toronto Missisauga.

Head is senior author of a report on the find in Thursday’s issue of the journal Nature. ”We won’t have giant snakes, however, because we are removing most of their habitats by development and deforestation” in equatorial regions, he said.