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

    Dr. Jonathan BlochAssociate Curator of Vertebrate Paleontology

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    Florida Museum of Natural History, University of Florida

    Jonathan Bloch specializes in the evolution of vertebrates following the extinction of the dinosaurs. He has conducted paleontological fieldwork in Egypt, Kazakhstan, Pakistan, Colombia, Panama, and throughout North America. Together with Carlos Jaramillo, Jonathan led collecting expeditions to the Cerrejon coal mine, where multiple new species were discovered, including the world's largest snake, Titanoboa.

    Since 2004, Jonathan has been an Associate Professor at the University of Florida as well as an Associate Curator at the Florida Museum of Natural History. He also serves as a Program Chair for the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology and is Co-Editor of the journal Paleobiology.

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