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What Do You Know About Snakes?

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These five-year-olds know a thing or two about snakes, but what do they know about titanoboa?

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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.

Bios

  • Alex Hastings<span>Graduate Student</span>
  • Edwin Cadena<SPAN> Graduate Student and Smithsonian Fellow</SPAN>
  • 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. Carlos Jaramillo<SPAN> Paleobotanist</SPAN>
  • Dr. Jason Head<span>Assistant Professor 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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