Discovering the Marvel: Titanoboa Fossil, Up to 15 Meters Long, Sends Shivers Down Spines in South America


This kind of snake is called Titanoboa. It was found in South America. It can be as long as 15 meters and weighs around 2,500 pounds, which is almost 1,200 kilograms.

It was like the king of the old rainforest 60 million years ago.

After the dinosaurs disappeared, this snake became the biggest meat-eating animal on Earth.

Its huge size was because of the hot and humid tropical weather back then. Titanoboa fossils were found in Cerrejón, Colombia. Encountering them, humans would have had very little chance of survival.

Titanoboa is a bunch of snakes that existed about 60 to 58 million years ago, back when it was the Paleocene time. The only known species is Titanoboa cerrejonensis, which is the biggest snake ever found.

By comparing the size and shape of its fossilized backbone with those of modern snake species, scientists think that T. cerrejonensis was about 13 meters long, weighed around 1,135 kilograms, and was about 1 meter wide at its thickest part of its body.

In 2009, the fossils of 28 T. The fossils of cerrejonensis were discovered in coal mines at Cerrejón in northern Colombia. Before this find, there were only a few fossilized animals with backbones from the Paleocene era found in old tropical places in South America.

This species is connected to the giant snakes of South America. The fossils were found during an expedition led by an international team of scientists, including Jonathan Bloch, a paleontologist who studies animals with backbones at the University of Florida, and Carlos Jaramillo, an expert in studying old plants, from the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama.

Because snakes are cold-blooded animals, this discovery suggests that the tropical region, where these creatures lived back then, must have been warmer than previously thought, averaging about 32°C.

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