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...

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.