42 Foot, 1.3 Ton Pre-Historic Snake Fossil Uncovered, Named Titanoboa. Your Move, Sci-Fi Channel.

Posted by Peter Hall - February 5th 2009 @ 9:07 am

Pictured above are similar vertebrae sections of two snakes.  The dwarfed sample on the left is from an anaconda, the sample on the right is from titanoboa.  Existing after the fall of dinosaurs some 58-60 million years ago and subsisting on a diet of crocodiles, the cold-blooded behemoth likely thrived because of the markedly hotter atmosphere at the time only to die off when the Pale Blue Dot cooled once more.

I think the Sci-Fi Channel owes a check to a research team from the University of Toronto who not only unearthed the ginormous fossil from a coal mine in Columbia, but also provided the contemporary plot device of global warming to explain the size of the beast AND then went on to politely name the thing TITANOBOA.  It doesn’t get any easier than that, Sci-Fi Chan.  In fact, the network might as well just start funding digs in the hope of discoving more Saturday night premieres.

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  1. February 5th, 2009 | 11:12 pm | #1

    And here I was worried that there would be nothing good on Sci-Fi this summer. Granted I would be parked in front of the TV every Saturday night watching it regardless because I need to get out more…

  2. Brian
    February 6th, 2009 | 9:41 am | #2

    Yeah, like snakes have bones!

  3. Mel
    November 24th, 2009 | 3:29 pm | #3

    @ Brian. Snakes have vertebrae, which are bones.

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