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Behind the Scenes: Making the Monster Snake

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See titanoboa coming to life! The life-size replica is as big and bad as the real boa.

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In the pantheon of predators, it's one of the greatest discoveries since the T-Rex: a snake 48 feet long, weighing in at 2,500 pounds. Uncovered from a treasure trove of fossils in a Colombian coal mine, this serpent is revealing a lost world of giant creatures. Travel back to the period following the extinction of dinosaurs and encounter this monster predator.

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  • Dr. Carlos Jaramillo<SPAN> Paleobotanist</SPAN>
  • Dr. P David Polly<SPAN> Vertebrate Paleontologist</SPAN>
  • Dr. Jason Head<span>Assistant Professor of Vertebrate Paleontology</span>
  • Fabiany Herrera<SPAN>Graduate Student and Smithsonian Fellow</SPAN>
  • Dr. Jonathan Bloch<span>Associate Curator of Vertebrate Paleontology</span>
  • Edwin Cadena<SPAN> Graduate Student and Smithsonian Fellow</SPAN>
  • Alex Hastings<span>Graduate Student</span>
  • Dr. Carlos Jaramillo<SPAN> Paleobotanist</SPAN>

    Dr. Carlos Jaramillo Paleobotanist

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    Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute

    Carlos Jaramillo is a staff scientist with the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama. As a paleobotanist, he studies ancient vegetation and fossilized plants, and most of his research focuses on changes in tropical biodiversity over time. He is also interested in biostratigraphy, or using fossil evidence in different layers of rock to track geological time, and is developing new high-resolution methods for the study of Cretaceous-Cenozoic biostratigraphy of low latitudes.

    A native of Colombia, Carlos has worked and studied in Colombia, Missouri, and Florida, and now lives in Panama with his wife, biologist Maria Ines Barreto and his son Camilo.

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