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Titanoboa at the Zoo?

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In the wild, titanoboa probably ate large crocodiles, fish and other snakes - but if there were a titanoboa at the National Zoo today, what would the zoo keepers feed it?

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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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  • Fabiany Herrera<SPAN>Graduate Student and Smithsonian Fellow</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>
  • Alex Hastings<span>Graduate Student</span>
  • Edwin Cadena<SPAN> Graduate Student and Smithsonian Fellow</SPAN>
  • Dr. P David Polly<SPAN> Vertebrate Paleontologist</SPAN>
  • Fabiany Herrera<SPAN>Graduate Student and Smithsonian Fellow</SPAN>

    Fabiany HerreraGraduate Student and Smithsonian Fellow

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    University of Florida, Smithsonian Tropical Research Center

    Fabiany Herrera is a graduate student at the University of Florida and has worked at both the Smithsonian's Tropical Research Center in Panama and the National Museum of Natural History. He studies paleobotany, and is interested in the evolutionary origins of the South American rainforest. He uses plant microfossils to try to pinpoint the evolutionary origin of these environments, looking for the mechanisms that produced the high species diversity of the tropics.

    In the Cerrejon mine, where the fossils of Titanoboa were discovered, Fabiany found some of the first fossil evidence of 58-million-year-old tropical plants, and he is now using it to test his hypotheses.

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