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Channel: PBS Eons
Categories: Archeology / Paleontology   |   Biology   |   Science  
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About 59 million years ago, the largest animal lurking in the ancient forests of Colombia by far was Titanoboa - the largest snake ever known. Its only been in the past few years that weve put together the many pieces of this puzzling creature, but it turns out that the greatest snake that the world ever saw was made possible by a warming planet.

Huge thanks to the Florida Museum of Natural History for allowing us to use their photos of Titanoboa fossils. Check out more information on Titanoboa from Jonathan Bloch, their Curator of Vertebrate Paleontology, here: https://www.floridamuseum.ufl.edu/100years/titanoboa/

And thank you to these paleoartists for allowing us to use their reptile illustrations:
Fabrizio de Rossi: https://www.facebook.com/ArtofFabricious/
Ceri Thomas: https://alphynix.tumblr.com/
Franz Anthony: http://franzanth.com/

Produced in collaboration with PBS Digital Studios: http://youtube.com/pbsdigitalstudios

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References: https://docs.google.com/document/d/19R5c5g_t7MZ8_AKivvfAi-dWmsIP8Jv4kkbM9uI7BU4/edit?usp=sharing

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