Giant prehistoric snake carcass discovered

Paleontologists in the Indian state of Gujarat have discovered the remains of the largest snake in Earth’s history, which may have reached around 15 meters long, making it the largest snake of the Cretaceous period.

This snake is said to be one of the largest snakes in the history of Earth. This was stated in a paper published in the journal Scientific Reports.

The discovery of fossils of this ancient snake in India, which belongs to the mazoid family, suggests that these ancient reptiles originated in the Indian subcontinent even before the collision with Asia, and after the merger they spread around the world and penetrated North Africa. It is shown that. , the first reptile from this family was discovered.

This conclusion was reached by a team of Indian paleontologists led by Professor Sunil Bajpayee of the Indian Institute of Technology in Roorkee, India, while studying fossils recently discovered in the Banadar lignite mine in the western Indian state of Gujarat. Paleontologists discovered 30 very large vertebrae belonging to a giant snake in the mudzoid family in local gray rocks.

This family of reptiles appeared on Earth at the end of the Cretaceous period, long before the dinosaurs became extinct, and the last reptiles became extinct at the end of the Ice Age. Masoides include a number of giant snakes, 6 to 8 meters long, that resemble boas and anacondas in appearance, habitat, and food acquisition, and hunt prey with the help of powerful muscles. Strangle to death.

The snake discovered by Bajpai and his colleagues was named Vasuki indicus after the great serpent Vasuki in Indian mythology, but it was found that it was even larger, reaching a length of 15 meters. . Analysis of the structure of the spine reveals that the ancient Indian snake was larger than the Mazoi. In Madagascar and Egypt “Gigantovia” it is one of the largest reptiles belonging to the Madzoidae family.

The discovery of Vasuki indicus is particularly interesting because it points to a possible Indian origin for many African and Asian snake species, the researchers said. This fact suggests that Vasci indicus lived in India before its merger with Asia (i.e. 37-35 million years ago), and that other species of the Masoididae appeared in North Africa and Southern Eurasia only later. This supports the hypothesis that Professor Vajpayee and his colleagues hope that future excavations will help confirm this hypothesis.

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