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Monster Titanoboa Snake Invades New York (43' Prehistoric Snake Weighed 2,500 lbs.)
Yahoo! News ^ | March 21, 2012 | Claudine Zap

Posted on 03/21/2012 7:13:29 PM PDT by DogByte6RER

Monster titanoboa snake invades New York

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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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TOPICS: Chit/Chat; History; Local News; Miscellaneous; Science; Weird Stuff
KEYWORDS: archaeology; dinosaurs; fossils; godsgravesglyphs; newyork; nyc; snakes; titanoboa; weird
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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)

1 posted on 03/21/2012 7:13:39 PM PDT by DogByte6RER
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To: DogByte6RER

Nothing a 45/70 couldn’t handle...


2 posted on 03/21/2012 7:17:08 PM PDT by varmintman
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To: DogByte6RER
>”It is anticipated the boa spent much of its life in or near water”<

I would assume a 2500 Pound Snake spent its life anywhere it darn well pleased.

3 posted on 03/21/2012 7:22:10 PM PDT by Kickass Conservative (A day without Obama is like a day without a Tsunami.)
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To: DogByte6RER

Soon to be the featured creature in a made for the SyFy Channel movie...


4 posted on 03/21/2012 7:26:02 PM PDT by null and void (Day 1156 of America's ObamaVacation from reality [Heroes aren't made, Frank, they're cornered...])
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To: DogByte6RER

I hate tabloid titles.


5 posted on 03/21/2012 7:30:02 PM PDT by SgtHooper (The last thing I want to do is hurt you. But it's still on the list.)
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To: Salamander

“We’re going to need a bigger herpetarium” ping


6 posted on 03/21/2012 7:32:46 PM PDT by shibumi (Cover it with gas and set it on fire.)
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To: DogByte6RER

No worries. Tim Tebow is coming!


7 posted on 03/21/2012 7:34:15 PM PDT by dfwgator (Don't wake up in a roadside ditch. Get rid of Romney.)
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To: DogByte6RER

8 posted on 03/21/2012 7:46:40 PM PDT by ETL (ALL (most?) of the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: DogByte6RER

9 posted on 03/21/2012 7:47:34 PM PDT by ETL (ALL (most?) of the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: DogByte6RER

this thing triggered the development of the prehistoric 16 foot garden spade...


10 posted on 03/21/2012 7:48:40 PM PDT by bigbob
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To: shibumi

I have an airtight alibi.....


11 posted on 03/21/2012 8:18:40 PM PDT by Salamander (You don't know what's going on inside of me. You don't wanna know what's running through my mind)
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To: Kickass Conservative

LOL


12 posted on 03/21/2012 8:19:43 PM PDT by Salamander (You don't know what's going on inside of me. You don't wanna know what's running through my mind)
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To: DogByte6RER

certainly gives a little extra thought as to why Eve decided to follow the “serpents” suggestion now doesnt’ it.


13 posted on 03/21/2012 8:46:08 PM PDT by reed13k (For evil to triumph it is only necessary for good men to do nothing.)
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To: SgtHooper

Me too. I thought this was going to be about redistricting.


14 posted on 03/21/2012 8:51:38 PM PDT by firebrand
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To: varmintman

I’d want a .416 Rigby at the least.


15 posted on 03/21/2012 9:24:11 PM PDT by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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16 posted on 03/21/2012 9:45:16 PM PDT by Doomonyou (Let them eat Lead.)
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To: DogByte6RER

Ride the snake...ride the snake...to the lake...the ancient lake...


17 posted on 03/21/2012 9:46:22 PM PDT by To Hell With Poverty (Ephesians 6:12 becomes more real to me with each news cycle.)
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To: DogByte6RER
Now the alligators in the NYC sewers will have some fair competition.


18 posted on 03/21/2012 10:51:30 PM PDT by Daffynition (On Andrew Breitbart: In his honor, I'll fight harder...He'll be back and he'll be millions.)
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To: DogByte6RER

19 posted on 03/22/2012 6:01:22 AM PDT by JRios1968 (I'm guttery and trashy, with a hint of lemon. - Laz)
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To: reed13k
The rules have changed....:)


20 posted on 03/22/2012 5:45:09 PM PDT by Salamander (You don't know what's going on inside of me. You don't wanna know what's running through my mind)
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To: Doomonyou

21 posted on 03/22/2012 5:47:08 PM PDT by Salamander (You don't know what's going on inside of me. You don't wanna know what's running through my mind)
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To: DogByte6RER

Great post! I love it. So glad these are no more,though. Creep me out.


22 posted on 03/22/2012 5:57:28 PM PDT by Paved Paradise
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To: DogByte6RER; Renfield; StayAt HomeMother; Ernest_at_the_Beach; decimon; 1010RD; 21twelve; ...

 GGG managers are SunkenCiv, StayAt HomeMother & Ernest_at_the_Beach
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... To all -- please ping me to other topics which are appropriate for the GGG list.


23 posted on 03/22/2012 7:30:52 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (I come to bury Caesar, not to praise him)
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24 posted on 03/22/2012 7:50:52 PM PDT by Pharmboy (She turned me into a Newt...)
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To: DogByte6RER

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...


25 posted on 03/22/2012 8:06:58 PM PDT by Kickass Conservative (A day without Obama is like a day without a Tsunami.)
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To: null and void
Gotcha covered. =) Boa versus Anaconda http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boa_vs._Python
26 posted on 03/22/2012 8:07:05 PM PDT by Redcitizen (If I did a Vulcan mind meld on you, there would not be much to review. ;))
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To: DogByte6RER; SunkenCiv

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.


27 posted on 03/24/2012 4:03:16 PM PDT by bert (K.E. N.P. +12 ..... Crucifixion is coming)
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To: bert

:’) Great!


28 posted on 03/25/2012 11:54:30 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (I come to bury Caesar, not to praise him)
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