At the Titanoboa: Monster Snake Prep Lab, visitors can see lab scientists work on several types of fossils, including:
The star of this exhibit, Titanoboa cerrejonensis (meaning titanic boa from Cerrejón) was snake that slithered the earth about 60 million years ago. Estimated to be a whopping 48 feet (14.6m) long, 2,500 lbs (1,134 kg) heavy, and 26 in (66cm) wide before a meal, it it the largest known snake that has ever lived. It was discovered in a large coal mine in Cerrejón, Colombia, where countless specimens have been since unearthed.
Specimens of Titanoboa cerrejonensis that are being prepared in our lab are all associated with each other and belong to the most complete individual found to date. Other ribs, vertebrae, and even pieces of this individual’s skull are on display in the exhibit as well.
Visitors may also see a fossil dyrosaur (a type of ancient crocodile) from Cerrejón being prepared in the lab. Parts that are currently being prepared include a mandible (lower jaw), scapula (shoulder blade), and many osteoderms.
Come visit us to learn more about the exciting fossils from these sites and projects!