Skip to comments.Monster Titanoboa Snake Invades New York (43' Prehistoric Snake Weighed 2,500 lbs.)
Posted on 03/21/2012 7:13:29 PM PDT by DogByte6RER
Monster titanoboa snake invades New York
New York commuters arriving at Grand Central Station were greeted by a monstrous sight: a 48-foot-long, 2,500-pound titanoboa snake.
The good news: It's not alive. Anymore. But the full-scale replica of the reptile -- which made its first appearance at the commuter hub -- is intended, as Smithsonian spokesperson Randall Kremer happily admitted, to "scare the daylights out of people" -- actually has a higher calling: to "communicate science to a lot of people." The scientifically scary-accurate model will go a long way toward that: If this snake slithered by you, it would be waist-high and measure the length of a school bus. Think of it as the T-rex of snakes.
This newly discovered species, known as titanoboa (yes, the words "titan" and "boa" are in there), which lived 65 million years ago, is about to have its close-up. The New York City appearance is promoting an exhibit at the Smithsonian Institute's National Museum of Natural History in D.C. opening on March 30, which ties in to a TV special on the Smithsonian Channel called, what else, "Titanoboa: Monster Snake." The two-hour program airs April 1.
Remains of the titanoboa were first discovered in a Colombian coal mine in 2005. One of the researchers specializing in the Paleocene era, the time after the death of the dinosaurs, was Jonathan Bloch. A vertebrate paleontologist from University of Florida's Museum of Natural History, the scientist led multiple expeditions, along with Carlos Jaramillo of the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute. The team collected remains from the mine, which resulted in the find. Together with ancient-snake expert Jason Head of the University of Nebraska, they named the world's largest snake Titanoboa.
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This artist's rendering of Titanoboa cerrejonensis demonstrates the great snake's size. It is anticipated the boa spent much of its life in or near water. (Credit: Copyright Jason Bourque, University of Florida)
Nothing a 45/70 couldn’t handle...
I would assume a 2500 Pound Snake spent its life anywhere it darn well pleased.
Soon to be the featured creature in a made for the SyFy Channel movie...
I hate tabloid titles.
“We’re going to need a bigger herpetarium” ping
No worries. Tim Tebow is coming!
this thing triggered the development of the prehistoric 16 foot garden spade...
I have an airtight alibi.....
certainly gives a little extra thought as to why Eve decided to follow the “serpents” suggestion now doesnt’ it.
Me too. I thought this was going to be about redistricting.
I’d want a .416 Rigby at the least.
Ride the snake...ride the snake...to the lake...the ancient lake...
Great post! I love it. So glad these are no more,though. Creep me out.
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Thanks DogByte6RER. And thanks Renfield for the other link in FReepmail. Articles about this have been posted before (it's got a keyword), but it's been a while, so...
OK, let me be the first Poster to get this out of the way.
Is that a Titanoboa in your pocket or are you happy to see me?
You may continue...
Strangely believe it, I was Binging for the Cerrejon coal mine in Columbia and there was the reference to Titanoboa about which I had recently read on this thread.
The mine is for being really big and for Titanoboa cerrejonensis fossils
I am currently doing some work for a Canadian firm with a large contract at the Cerrejon mine.
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