Kickstarter is perhaps best known for its most successful, bizarre, and creative projects: $67,436 to build a statue of Roboeop in Detroit; $10,560 to fund Titanoboa
, a 50-foot electromechanical snake; $572,891 to develop a facemask to help people lucid dream; $50,026 to fund a videogame history museum.
, a snake that some 60 million years ago rules the world with an iron squeeze.
But the giant version appeared five million years after the dinosaurs vanished, during a period when giant varieties of many different reptiles - including Titanoboa
cerrejonensis, the largest snake ever discovered - lived in this part of South America.
(The World's Largest Snake) Not Ashley Cole?
The fossils of a titanoboa
, that lived 60 million years ago, have been found.
cerrejonensis, and estimated to have lived 58 to 60 million years ago, this snake at twice the size of the largest anacondas alive today, was about the size of a city bus.
cerrejonensis by its discoverers, the size of the snake's vertebrae suggest it weighed 2,500 pounds and measured 43 feet nose to tall tip-and that is a conservative estimate.
The snake, named Titanoboa
cerrejonensis, lived in tropical rain forests 60 million years ago.
cerrejonensis, meaning titanic boa from Cerrejon, the region where the remains were found, roamed - or rather slithered andndash; the Earth about 60 million years ago, scientists say.
And do you know how Titanoboa
grew to this fearsome size?
The terrifying Titanoboa
cerrejonensis enjoyed snacking on crocodiles and giant turtles but, fortunately for them, it died out 60million years ago.
Since then, scientists have been searching for additional fossils in the mine in hopes of finding further details about the life of the Titanoboa