The Titanoboa, is a 48ft long snake dating from around 60-58million years ago. It had a rib cage 2ft wide, allowing it to eat whole crocodiles, and surrounding the ribcage were muscles so powerful that it could crush a rhino. Titanoboa was so big it couldn’t even spend long amounts of time on land, because the force of gravity acting on it would cause it to suffocate under its own weight.
I’m so glad they aren’t around
omg me too. I’m scared enough of 26 ft long anacondas. I’m so happy Megalodons, those giant sharks, aren’t alive either
Praise natural selection
I remember watching Walking with Beasts or something similar, or some British tv show about evolution
The subject was something like a 12 foot long water scorpion
I was so startled by its sudden appearance and narration that I yelped: “12 fucking feet?!?! I’m fucking glad it’s extinct!”
Dude, prehistory was home to some fucking TERRIFYING creatures. For some reason, everything back then was enormous and scary. Extinction doesn’t always have to be a bad thing!
And Poppy, what you saw was an arthropod known as Pterygotus (it was actually featured in Walking With Monsters). Not only was it as big (or maybe even bigger) than your average human, it had a stinger the size of a lightbulb. REALLY glad that bugger isn’t around anymore.
Also, Megalodon deserves to be mention again, because just hearing its name makes me want to never be submerged in water ever again.
GOD, I HATE THIS POST. HOW DO WE EVEN KNOW THAT SHIT ISN’T STILL AROUND? LURKING? EVOLVING? WE DON’T. WE DON’T KNOW SHIT ABOUT SHIT DOWN THERE. THE OCEAN IS A PRIMEVAL HELLSCAPE NIGHTMARE AND WE ALL JUST DIP OUR STUPID FRAGILE UNPROTECTED FETUS BODIES AROUND THE EDGES OF IT LIKE THAT’S NORMAL. FUCK THE OCEAN.
WELL THERE ARE THE MEG BOOKS HAVE FUN WITH THOSE: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meg:_A_Novel_of_Deep_Terror
Fun Fact: British explorer an amateur archaeologist Colonel Percy Fawcett wrote about an encounter with a nearly 60 foot anaconda during one of his expeditions to map the borders of Brazil, Argentina, and Bolivia. And I bring up the fact that he was an amateur archaeologist and what that particular expedition’s goals were because not only do those countries still use the borders he determined, but his “Lost City of Z” theory of a high population of Native Americans in the Amazon pre-contact that in at least a few cases built actual cities is increasingly supported by professional archaeologists working in the Amazon River Basin.
Those details, along with virtually every other detail he ever wrote about any of his Amazonian expeditions being extremely accurate and free of exaggeration, are the only reasons I can totally see anacondas having, at least up until the first decade of the 20th century, attaining lengths far greater than those currently recorded and would not be surprised if the Titanoboa type specimen were actually just a fossilized anaconda