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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.

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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

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.