Monday, August 30, 2010

Titanoboa Exhibit at IU

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Titanoboa cerrejonensis is now a special exhibit at Indiana University Bloomington. A cast of the remains of the giant boid snake can be viewed Geology Building at 1001 E. 10th St., Bloomington, Indiana, and can be visited from 8AM to 6PM Monday through Friday. Titanoboa is estimated to have been 43 feet long and weigh 2500 pounds. Paleontologist David Polly was a coauthor of the 2009 paper in Nature that reported the discovery of the world's largest known snake. The exhibit was organized by Donald Hattin (Professor Emeritus of Geological Sciences ) and is sponsored by the IU Bloomington Geological Sciences Department and the Indiana Geological Survey. The Titanoboa exhibit will be viewable until Oct. 1, 2010. Polly will give a talk entitled Hip-deep in giant snakes: Titanoboa and temperature in the Paleocene, at 4:00 p.m. on Sept. 13 (Geology Bldg. 143). The lecture is free and open to the public.

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