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Scientists say they have discovered fossil remains of a colossal prehistoric snake that once roamed the superheated Paleocene jungles of South America. The one-tonne Titanoboa cerrejonensis would have been more than 40 feet long and ten feet around at its thickest. Investigating brainboxes say the mighty snake's huge size was …


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  1. Hollerith

    Seems wise to say

    that I for one welcome our Titanoboanic overlords. Please don't eat me, sire.

  2. tom currie


    fourty feet long and ten feet diameter? This lard ball only crushed its prey by rolling over them. it couldn't bend itself with dimensions like that. Like folding a phone book in half.

  3. Anonymous Coward

    What always interested me...

    was the 30ft dragonflies of the Carboniferous period when all our oil and coal was being laid down. The size of an insect is limited by how much oxygen its primitive breathing system can absorb. What percentage of oxygen would the atmosphere have to have to support a 30ft dragonfly?

  4. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Proves global warming nothing to worry about. <gulp>

    So how many of these would fit into Wales?

  5. Edward Miles

    Wasn't it recently shown...

    ...That rainforests were a net producer (or at best a very weak absorber) of CO2? Can't rember where I read it, but I could swear I did...

  6. James O'Shea

    snake food

    I want one of those for a pet. I'd feed it climate clowns, and the world would be better for it. When I run out of climate clowns, I'd feed it PETA whackjobs. The world would be a _much_ better place as a result. After that, perhaps a tour of Parliament, starting with the Tory backbench. (Not that there's a difference between the Tories and NuLab, but I've got to start somewhere.)

  7. Anonymous Coward
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    Rainforests are not the lungs of the planet

    Sea algea produces far more O2.

  8. Anonymous Coward
    Dead Vulture


    What percentage of deforestation is attributable to biofuel plantations, exactly?

    So biofuel - bad, climate change - good for trees.

    Oh, just a moment, I thought you previously suggested that climate change was a myth?

    Given particular views on new tech, especially emergant env. tech, did you also argue against unleaded petrol, and for dumping nuclear waste at sea? Now you're jesting that climate change would be positive!!

    Excuse me, I prefer my rejurgated news without a spinkling of luddite BS, and the revenue from my page hit to go somewhere more worthy.

  9. Luis Ogando
    Paris Hilton


    "fourty feet long and ten feet diameter? This lard ball only crushed its prey by rolling over them. it couldn't bend itself with dimensions like that. Like folding a phone book in half."

    I think you mis-read; it's 40 feet long and 10 feet in GIRTH around it's fattest bit. I suppose all things are relative, so if it was squishing a sabre-toothed tiger or something it would be able to bend enough.

    Can't wait until global warming gets to the point where we can expect to see these at Twycross Zoo. Hell, we could feed elephants to it!!

    Paris, 'cos she knows what to do with a big snake (allegedly).

  10. Matt Bryant Silver badge

    RE: James O'Shea

    Shurely you would have to swing past Number 10 and Number 11 and rid us of Broooooooon and Dorkling first? And please take your snake walkies/slithers through Hollywood as there are a number of gormless luvvies that need to stop telling us how to live from up in their ivory towers.

  11. Anonymous Coward


    10ft around means >3ft diameter.

  12. Anonymous Coward
    IT Angle


    Does this remind anyone of the worms of Arakis?

  13. Paul

    RE:tom currie and RE:What always interested me...

    RE: tom currie

    10ft round... About 2ft diameter.

    RE:What always interested me...

    3ft, not 30ft Dragonflys. oh, and as I remember, somewere around 30%, compaird to 19%-20% today.

  14. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Hot rainforests were tested years ago

    Increasing the temperature increased CO2 output - trees used extra energy to defend themselves from fungi and insects.

  15. Phil Royall


    They've been living underground in the Nevada desert for at nearly 20 years now.

  16. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    @Anonymous Coware (re: Carbononiferous air)

    It's been suggested that oxygen might have been up to 35% of the atmosphere which would put it well above the level where fire becomes a real threat even in the soggiest conditions. But, in the absence of any trapped atmospheric samples from the Carboniferous, this is an extrapolation from modern insect physiognomy.

  17. Eddy Ito

    Think of the children!

    Playing in the back yard while Pa enjoys a nice cocktail as the snake steaks cook on the grill. Oh look, the neighbors are bringing a salad and wine, how thoughtful.

  18. Wyrmhole

    +1 (title requirement solution kit here)

    +1 for global-warmingists. Now we can scare children with giant snakes if they don't finish their CO2 emissions.

  19. Pete

    The last member

    of the 'Association of Mega-Snakes Against Global Cooling' .

  20. Anonymous Coward

    That's all well and good

    ...but how big were the badgers?

  21. Anonymous Coward

    All those damn motorists, heating up the planet millions of years ago like that.

    The should have been using electric cars, silly goofs.

  22. J
    Black Helicopters

    Re: 30ft dragonflies

    You meant 30 inches (wingspan) dragonflies. That's 2.5 ft.

    And using proper measurement units (SI) would make things much clearer, methinks.

    Giant dragonfly icon.

  23. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Question is,

    how do you stick such a snake on a plane?

  24. Anonymous Coward


    I suspect Al Gore bored them to death with all of his talk of Global Cooling.

  25. BioTube

    Coming soon to SciFi


    On a more serious note, won't you be sorry when they swim over to England and you've got nothing to shoot them with. Now then, does this clip go to the M16 or the AK?

  26. Chris Seiter
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    Badger goes well with mushrooms

  27. Anonymous Scotsman

    @ Biotube

    I dare say you'd need a small piece of field artillery to deal with something of that construction.

    Or possibly just run it over with a tram.

  28. David Austin


    Great. Now I have images of Samuel L Jackson yelling:

    "I have had it with these mother-f'ing planes on this mother-f'ing snake!"

  29. P. Lee

    In Titanboa, no-one can hear you scream...

    @Phil Royall: Living in the Nevada desert? Why weren't they hiding with the rest of the dinosaurs behind the sofa?

    Icon: Trussssst in meeeee

  30. al

    Drinking south american coffee..

    ... can shrink the rainforests faster.

    Anyway - i hear in this recession no one is going to starbux anymore....

  31. Anonymous Coward

    @ Biotube

    Neither! Both take magazines not clips.

  32. Astarte

    That's a lot of snake

    Just think of the opportunities for a snake-oil dealer. Watching them mate might be intreresting.

    Snake-head to snake-tail, 'Are you coming with me?'

    Snake-tail, 'I'll be along later.'

  33. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward


    this is why I am the way I am. I have always worn very warm trousers.

  34. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Re: snakes on a plane

    I can just see the sequel: planes in a snake.

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