|Giant boid snake from the Palaeocene neotropics reveals hotter pastequatorial temperatures|
The discovery of the world's largest snake has important implicationsfor our understanding of the evolution of global climate. The snake, a relative of the boa constrictor, was 13 metres long and would have weighed more than a tonne. It lived in tropical South America around 60 million years ago. A snake this size would have required mean annual temperatures between 30-34 deg. C, higher than the tropics today.
Wednesday, February 4, 2009
From the most recent issue of Nature, I feel the authors don't place enough emphasis on the fact that they found a snake 42 feet long! (or roughly twice the size of the shark in Jaws). One could certainly imagine scientists received more funding if they'd hype their work a bit more...
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