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Meet the Scientist: Jon Bloch

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Fascinated by the history of our world, paleontologist Jonathan Bloch studies the fossils of animals that existed during the paleocene era after the dinosaurs went extinct.

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

    Edwin Cadena Graduate Student and Smithsonian Fellow

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    Smithsonian Tropical Research Center

    Edwin Cadena is a graduate student at North Carolina State University and has worked at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama. He studies vertebrates, and is interested in the evolution of turtles. He uses fossils, proteins, and bone histology to understand molecular evolutionary rates, trends in proteins degradation and modification, and the biogeography and evolution of turtles.

    In the Cerrejon mine, Edwin has spent several years collecting, finding large fresh-water turtles, among the biggest ever recorded in geological history.

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