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In Fossil Find, 'Anaconda' Meets 'Jurassic Park'(Snake Devouring Baby Dinosaur Eggs)
NPR ^ | 2/02/2010 | NPR

Posted on 03/02/2010 9:37:54 AM PST by Dallas59

Scientists have discovered a macabre death scene that took place 67 million years ago. The setting was a nest, in which a baby dinosaur had just hatched from an egg, only to face an 11-foot-long snake waiting to devour it.

The moment was frozen forever when, apparently, the nest was buried in a sudden avalanche of mud or sand and everything was fossilized.



Scientists have discovered a macabre death scene that took place 67 million years ago. The setting was a nest, in which a baby dinosaur had just hatched from an egg, only to face an 11-foot-long snake waiting to devour it.

The moment was frozen forever when, apparently, the nest was buried in a sudden avalanche of mud or sand and everything was fossilized.



The discovery was made by Jeffrey Wilson, a professor at the University of Michigan. He had heard about the amazing fields of dinosaur eggs discovered in India.

Wilson visited a scientist in India who showed him a broken, fossilized egg encased in a briefcase-sized block of stone. He leaned in to take a closer look and saw something else.

"I was stunned when I saw it," Wilson says, "because, sort of leaping out at me, were the peculiar articulations between the vertebrae of a snake, and so I had no idea that there would be a snake there but there it was sitting in front of me."

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TOPICS: History; Science
KEYWORDS: archaeology; dinosaur; dinosaurs; fossil; godsgravesglyphs; india; paleontology; snake; tasteslikechicken

1 posted on 03/02/2010 9:37:54 AM PST by Dallas59
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To: Dallas59; Revolting cat!; Slings and Arrows
"I was stunned when I saw it," Wilson says, "because, sort of leaping out at me, were the peculiar articulations between the vertebrae of a snake, and so I had no idea that there would be a snake there but there it was sitting in front of me."

If it'd been a snake, it woulda bit me!

2 posted on 03/02/2010 9:41:40 AM PST by a fool in paradise
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To: Dallas59


3 posted on 03/02/2010 9:43:24 AM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: Dallas59
a baby dinosaur had just hatched from an egg, only to face an 11-foot-long snake waiting to devour it

ELEVEN FEET?!!! Amazing!!

4 posted on 03/02/2010 9:44:29 AM PST by subterfuge (BUILD MORE NUCLEAR POWER PLANTS NOW!!!)
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To: JoeProBono

5 posted on 03/02/2010 9:48:03 AM PST by hsrazorback1 (Seek truth.)
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To: Dallas59

I don’t buy that it was 67 million years ago...


6 posted on 03/02/2010 9:53:40 AM PST by nysuperdoodle
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To: Dallas59
the nest was buried in a sudden avalanche of mud or sand and everything was fossilized.

This reminds me of something, but I can't quite put my finger on it...

7 posted on 03/02/2010 9:56:18 AM PST by Disambiguator
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To: nysuperdoodle

Why’s that?


8 posted on 03/02/2010 9:56:27 AM PST by stormer
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To: Dallas59

Cool find but 11 foot snake is puny, hee hee. It would of been better if it was 50 foot monster snake.


9 posted on 03/02/2010 9:58:52 AM PST by C19fan
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To: Disambiguator
You mean something like a mudslide?


10 posted on 03/02/2010 9:58:53 AM PST by stormer
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To: Dallas59

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“a sudden avalanche of mud or sand”

Like a big flood?


11 posted on 03/02/2010 9:59:37 AM PST by Touch Not the Cat
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To: stormer

One of them 4000 year old earthers?


12 posted on 03/02/2010 9:59:50 AM PST by jrg
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To: Disambiguator
"This reminds me of something, but I can't quite put my finger on it..."

Perhaps Pompeii?


13 posted on 03/02/2010 10:01:14 AM PST by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: Dallas59

i love how its always a ‘sudden avalanche of mud’. strange how that happened so much EVERYWHERE. yet no flood.


14 posted on 03/02/2010 10:04:30 AM PST by applpie (u)
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To: Joe 6-pack
How many times do you think that poor fellow has been photographed? Here's one of him I took last October...


15 posted on 03/02/2010 10:07:10 AM PST by stormer
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To: jrg

Looks that way.


16 posted on 03/02/2010 10:07:36 AM PST by stormer
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To: stormer
This was Pompeii's Michael Vick...


17 posted on 03/02/2010 10:08:45 AM PST by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: applpie

How many floods do you think there have been in the history of the world?


18 posted on 03/02/2010 10:08:48 AM PST by stormer
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To: Joe 6-pack

LOL!


19 posted on 03/02/2010 10:09:11 AM PST by stormer
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To: applpie

There are floods all over the world every year.


20 posted on 03/02/2010 10:10:22 AM PST by dirtboy
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To: Dallas59

I wonder how sure they are that the hatched dinosaur was a plant eater. Maybe it was a baby t-rex or raptor, and the snake was killed or disabled by momma, and left for the baby’s first meal.


21 posted on 03/02/2010 10:10:36 AM PST by ZX12R
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To: C19fan

22 posted on 03/02/2010 10:13:19 AM PST by Dallas59 (President Robert Gibbs 2009-2013)
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To: nysuperdoodle
I'm with you.
23 posted on 03/02/2010 10:13:43 AM PST by Manic_Episode (Some mornings, it's just not worth chewing through the leather straps...)
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To: Joe 6-pack
Is that a George Segal?


24 posted on 03/02/2010 10:16:37 AM PST by a fool in paradise
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To: Joe 6-pack

25 posted on 03/02/2010 10:20:47 AM PST by stormer
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To: a fool in paradise

Naaa, just another community organizer.


26 posted on 03/02/2010 10:21:42 AM PST by Always Independent
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To: Dallas59

Oh man! I remember THAT day! Whoa!


27 posted on 03/02/2010 10:22:40 AM PST by stormer
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To: stormer; Chet 99

Look Chet! Pitbulls from beyond the grave!!


28 posted on 03/02/2010 10:23:40 AM PST by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: a fool in paradise

Wonder why they are so sure that the snake supposedly waiting to devour the newly hatched babies wasn’t actually already dead, a gift from Mommy to her sure-to-be hungry babies? I had a female cat that used to bring our family food offerings, including the occasional snake.


29 posted on 03/02/2010 10:32:16 AM PST by MissNomer
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To: subterfuge

11 feet is not so big. My Yellow Anaconda will get to be 10 and he is a smaller cousin to the Green.


30 posted on 03/02/2010 12:10:50 PM PST by RoadGumby (For God so loved the world)
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To: nysuperdoodle

You and me both.


31 posted on 03/02/2010 12:12:12 PM PST by RoadGumby (For God so loved the world)
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To: MissNomer

That too is a great possibility. Who can say? In either case, it is quite a find.


32 posted on 03/02/2010 12:12:52 PM PST by RoadGumby (For God so loved the world)
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To: metmom; GodGunsGuts

Ping?


33 posted on 03/02/2010 12:13:32 PM PST by RoadGumby (For God so loved the world)
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To: RoadGumby

Well, yeah. I was thinking that in the Dinosaur Age 11 ft. is rather hum-drum. An 11-footer could have been swallowed up by pre-historic birds.

A guy down the street from me when I was a kid had an 18 ft. anaconda (late 60s). My attempt at humor just fell flat I guess.


34 posted on 03/02/2010 12:30:28 PM PST by subterfuge (BUILD MORE NUCLEAR POWER PLANTS NOW!!!)
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Yup, ping.


35 posted on 03/02/2010 1:09:27 PM PST by metmom (Welfare was never meant to be a career choice.)
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36 posted on 03/02/2010 3:26:17 PM PST by SunkenCiv (Freedom is Priceless.)
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Hello, my precioussssss. The government sent me to enforccccce the one baby per dinosaur family policcccccee.


37 posted on 03/02/2010 3:59:22 PM PST by colorado tanker
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To: stormer; applpie
How many floods do you think there have been in the history of the world?

According to The Bible, just the one...

38 posted on 03/02/2010 6:17:09 PM PST by null and void (We are now in day 404 of our national holiday from reality. - 0bama really isn't one of US.)
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To: stormer
How many times do you think that poor fellow has been photographed?

A lot more now than he ever was when he was alive....

39 posted on 03/02/2010 6:18:07 PM PST by null and void (We are now in day 404 of our national holiday from reality. - 0bama really isn't one of US.)
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To: null and void

Well, that settles it then.


40 posted on 03/02/2010 8:47:53 PM PST by stormer
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To: null and void

Mondo absurdo.


41 posted on 03/02/2010 8:50:24 PM PST by stormer
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To: metmom

Thanks for the ping!


42 posted on 03/02/2010 9:40:33 PM PST by Alamo-Girl
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To: metmom

It occurs to me that people who say all the dinosaurs died when they got hit in the eye by a pizza pie, are full of it.

If all the big snakes had died, they would be called dinosaurs.

But no, we’ve got snakes big enough (mean enough too) to eat man sized critters, and do we call them dinosaurs?

Of course not!

Everybody knows that all the dinosaurs died out billions of years ago when some craxy idgit was throwing pizza pies around!

Ask any caveman who’s tried it and he’ll tell you, giant snake tastes just like t-Rex. (which we all know tastes like chicken, or ‘possum, depending on where you are from)


43 posted on 03/02/2010 10:52:34 PM PST by Fichori ('Wee-Weed Up' pitchfork wielding neolithic caveman villager with lit torch. Any questions?)
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To: null and void

One very large one. As a matter of fact, I find the conclusion much more interesting and believable with the biblical explanation than the ill-fitted evolution explanation. how amazing (and terrifying) is it to think about all that life buried in all that sediment and upheaval. which fully explains supposedly wierd evidence that the other side tries to explain away.


44 posted on 03/10/2010 3:06:07 PM PST by applpie (u)
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