Dinosaur-eating snake discovered
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Posted 02 March 2010 - 12:31 PM
Reconstruction of the snake attacking a freshly hatched sauropod
Even dinosaurs may have been afraid of snakes, a new discovery suggests. Scientists have unearthed the almost complete fossil skeleton of an 11ft prehistoric snake that preyed on baby dinosaurs. The creature, was "caught in the act" of pursuing its latest meal 67 million years ago.
Its body was found in a dinosaur nest coiled around a recently hatched and crushed egg, and next to it was an 18in fossil hatchling titanosaur - an edibly small version of a plant-eating giant that as an adult weighed up to 100 tonnes.
The remains of two other snakes were also found paired with eggs at the same site in Gujarat, western India.
The snake, named Sanajeh Indicus, lacked the wide-open jaws of modern snakes such as pythons and boa constrictors and would not have been able to swallow a whole dinosaur egg.
But baby dinosaurs would have been just its size, according to researchers.
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