A Colombian coal mine where scientists found the largest known snake species has offered up another gem: A new species of 20-foot-long (6-meter-long) prehistoric croc. (See pictures of Titanoboa, the biggest snake ever found.)There are no primates alive at this point (Plesiadapis has been demoted to tree shrew). Good thing, too. I doubt this would have been a fun place to live.
The 60-million-year-old Acherontisuchus guajiraensis lived alongside the snake and a bevy of other reptiles in an Amazon-like river system, which wove through one of Earth's earliest rain forests before eventually emptying into what's now the Caribbean Sea.
Monday, September 19, 2011
Crocodile From Hell
First we had the Frog From Hell, then we had the Snake From Hell and now, it seems, that we have the Crocodile From Hell. National Geographcic is reporting that a 60 million year-old crocodile has been found not far from Titanoboa. Christine Dell'Amore writes: