The Snake That Ate Dinosaurs

Before sediment buried it, this Sanajeh indicus was about to devour a baby titanosaur. 67 million years later, paleontologists unearthed this fossilized scene of an 11-foot-long snake hunting what would grow up to to be a 75-foot sauropod. Gulp.


It looks as if the Sanajeh of the late Cretaceous had a taste for sauropod veal - this fossil from Dholi Dungri in the western Indian state of Gujarat was dug up by Dhananjay Mohabey of the Geological Survey of India and analyzed by Jeffrey A. Wilson of the University of Michigan. The fossil depicts the snake preying on an infant titanosaur. The Sanajeh had good reason to catch the herbivore while it was fresh - another couple years and this 50 centimeter baby would've grown up into an armored, 100 ton thunder lizard. That's a mouthful even for the Sanajeh, whose name in Sankrit roughly translates as "ancient gape from the Indus." Wilson alternately posits that the snake dined upon the titanosaur's eggs by crushing them.

To paraphrase Ian Malcolm from Jurassic Park, "Life finds a scare the hell out of us."

[via This Ain't Rocket Science]

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