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What Does It Take to Make a Monster Snake?

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Longer than a great white shark, bigger than a hippo - it takes the whole playground to show how long titanoboa really was

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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. Carlos Jaramillo<SPAN> Paleobotanist</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. P David Polly<SPAN> Vertebrate Paleontologist</SPAN>
  • Dr. Jonathan Bloch<span>Associate Curator of Vertebrate Paleontology</span>
  • Dr. Carlos Jaramillo<SPAN> Paleobotanist</SPAN>

    Dr. Carlos Jaramillo Paleobotanist

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    Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute

    Carlos Jaramillo is a staff scientist with the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama. As a paleobotanist, he studies ancient vegetation and fossilized plants, and most of his research focuses on changes in tropical biodiversity over time. He is also interested in biostratigraphy, or using fossil evidence in different layers of rock to track geological time, and is developing new high-resolution methods for the study of Cretaceous-Cenozoic biostratigraphy of low latitudes.

    A native of Colombia, Carlos has worked and studied in Colombia, Missouri, and Florida, and now lives in Panama with his wife, biologist Maria Ines Barreto and his son Camilo.

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