Titanoboa, a Paleogene Period 40-Foot Long Snake


A new fossil of an extraordinarily large snake was discovered in the lowland tropics of northern Colombia, 60 miles from the Caribbean coast in Cerrejón. Titanoboa cerrejonensis is part of the genus Titanoboa and these gigantic snakes roamed the Earth during the Paleocene epoch of the Paleogene Period, about 58 to 60 million years ago.

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Pleistocene-Era Plant Revived from Siberian Permafrost


A team of scientists claim that they’ve revived a plant from the Pleistocene era, which lived 32,000 to 28,000 years ago. Silene stenophylla was revived after it had been ingested by an arctic ground squirrel roughly 32,000 years ago.

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Scientists Reconstruct Ancient Permian Ecosystem from Ash-Covered Plants


Paleoecologists have reconstructed a Permian-era swampy forest, filled with long-extinct plant species, thanks to analyses of well-preserved fossils entombed in a layer of volcanic ash in northern China, under a coal mine. While many of the species are already known to science, the eruption that covered the tropical forest in ash created a sort of time capsule, preserving an unprecedented level of detail of the region’s flora.

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