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Is this the (un)equally large boa?

A fascinating news piece from the BBC reveals Titanoboa, a 13m long snake:

The discovery of fossilised remains belonging to the world's largest snake has been reported in Nature journal.

Titanoboa was 13m (42ft) long - about the size of a London bus - and lived in the rainforest of north-east Colombia 58-60 million years ago.

The snake was so wide it would have reached up to a person's hips, say researchers, and was estimated to have weighed more than a tonne.

[...]

Researchers discovered fossilised bones belonging to the super-sized slitherers and their possible prey at Cerrejon, one of the world's largest open-pit coal mines. The animal is a relative of modern boa constrictors.

Read more.

I suspect this may be the equally large boa of myth and mayhem.

Or is this it?

Snake!

(Image taken at Las Vegas McCarran Airport)

Comments

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bellinghman
Feb. 4th, 2009 06:27 pm (UTC)
I was somewhat annoyed by the 'size of a bus' bit, though. It's not the size of a bus, it's only the length of one, which isn't the same thing at all if it's only a metre high.
bryangb
Feb. 4th, 2009 07:02 pm (UTC)
I made that point on Facebook, only to find that it's already been corrected on the BBC website.
bryangb
Feb. 4th, 2009 07:03 pm (UTC)
And even then it's only true if it's a "normal" bus - the damnable bendy buses are more like 18m long.
bellinghman
Feb. 4th, 2009 07:18 pm (UTC)
Yah!

(But when someone says 'London bus', I'm going to always think Routemeaster double decker.)
bellinghman
Feb. 4th, 2009 07:17 pm (UTC)
That's what we get by pouncing on news items the moment they appear.
txtriffidranch
Feb. 4th, 2009 07:03 pm (UTC)
I'm withholding judgment until we get a decent lineup of the existing fossils. I still remember when Montypythonoides riversleighensis from Queensland was supposed to be 45 feet long, and now it's not even a valid species.
ffutures
Feb. 4th, 2009 07:59 pm (UTC)
That's a BIG fraking snake! Eight or nine times the length of my largest.
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