National Geographic | 10/14/2009 12:00:00 AM
World's Biggest Snake Lived in 1st "Modern" Rain Forest
Oct 14--If it were still alive today, the largest snake ever known to have lived would feel right at home in South America's tropical rain forests.
The study is based on more than 2,000 fossil leaves recently discovered in Colombia's Cerrejón coal mine—the same place where scientists had found fossils of Titanoboa cerrejonesis earlier this year.
Many of the newfound plant fossils are of palm, legume, and flowering species that still dominate South America's rain forests, said study team member Scott Wing, a paleontologist at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C.
"That was kind of surprising," Wing said. "What we're seeing here is the first modern rain forest that we have any record of."
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