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Remains of colossal ancient snake discovered in India – Rossiyskaya Gazeta

Date: July 18, 2024 Time: 03:58:21

An ancient snake discovered in India could be longer than a school bus and weigh up to a ton. This is stated in an article published in the journal Scientific Reports.

Phys.org provides a brief report on the discovery. The fossilized remains of a snake, one of the largest in the history of Earth, were found in the area of ​​a coal mine in India. Analysis of the vertebrae showed that their length could reach between 11 and 15 meters.

Until now, another extinct ancient snake, the Titanoboa, about 13 meters long, which lived about 60 million years ago in what is now Colombia, was considered the largest in history. And the largest modern snake is considered to be the Asian reticulated python, which grows up to 10 meters in length.

The new species is called Vasuki indicus after the “mythical snake king Vasuki who coils around the neck of the Hindu deity Shiva.” It has been established that this species lived about 47 million years ago in the evergreen swamp forests of western India. The weight of such a snake could reach a ton, so it was slow.

“Given its large size, Vasuki indicus was a slow-moving ambush predator that killed its prey by squeezing it,” says Debajit Dutta, co-author of the study from the Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee.

We can only guess what the diet of this predator was. Other fossils had previously been found in the same area. They indicate that the giant snake lived in swampy areas along with catfish, turtles, crocodiles and even primitive whales. Maybe they were his prey.

“These snakes are giant, cold-blooded creatures,” says paleontologist Jason Head of the University of Cambridge. “The snake needs higher temperatures to grow to large sizes. Does this mean that global warming will bring about snakes of monstrous sizes? In theory, this is possible, but the climate is now “warming too quickly for snakes to evolve again until they become giants.

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