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Meet the Scientist: Carlos Jaramillo

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For Carlos Jaramillo, a paleobotanist with Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, the excitement of finding a fossil never seems to get old.

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

    Alex HastingsGraduate Student

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    University of Florida

    Alex Hastings is a graduate student at the University of Florida who studies vertebrate paleontology with Dr. Carlos Jaramillo and Dr. Jonathon Bloch. The main focus of his work is crocodilians (i.e. crocodiles and alligators,) and he was the lead researcher who discovered the fossilized remains of a 20-foot-long crocodile in the Cerrejon coal mine where the bones of Titanoboa were also found. He played a major role in the fieldwork, and he was, in fact, one of the first to realize that some of the fossilized bones appeared to belong to a giant snake.

    Alex is now completing his Ph.D. dissertation on the new crocodilian species that he discovered in Colombia.

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