Wednesday, February 04, 2009

Behold! Titanoboa!

Giant boid snake from the Palaeocene neotropics reveals hotter past equatorial temperatures. 2009. J.J. Head, et al. Nature 457: 71

Scientists have recovered fossils from a new 60-million-year-old South American snake, Titanoboa cerrejonensi. The size of its vertebrae suggest it weighed 1,140 kg and measured 13 m (42.7 feet) nose to tail tip. link

National Geographic has the details.