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Dino-snake that could swallow a croc

London - The fossil remains of a terrifying 50ft prehistoric snake that slithered across the Earth 58 million years ago, have been discovered in South America.

The Titanboa, which weighed up to a ton, is believed to be a distant ancestor of the anaconda and boa constrictor and could swallow a crocodile whole. Fossil vertebrae were uncovered in a Colombian mine in 2002, and in the past few months scientists have unearthed three skulls, which allowed them to pieced together a life-sized model of the snake.

Screenshot from youtube.com

It thrived in the tropical temperatures of the Paleocene epoch, when the planet was several degrees warmer than it is now.

Dr Carlos Jaramillo, a palaeontologist involved in the work, says that with rises in global temperatures, the return of this super slitherer can’t be ruled out.

But thankfully, it probably won’t be for a million years or so. - Daily Mail

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