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SSS 2009-02-04

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This is Scientific American's 60-Second Science. I'm Steve Mirsky . Got a minute ?

 

 

Indiana Jones (“I hate snakes—I hate ‘em!”) would have totally despised a snake that lived some 60 million years ago. Because researchers working in Colombia have found the fossil remains1 of a snake that would have been up to 45 feet long, weighing in at perhaps 2,500 pounds. That makes it the biggest snake ever to have slithered across the Earth. The announcement appears in the February 5th issue of the journal Nature. The creature has been dubbed2 Titanoboa.

 

The fossil snake bones were found in an open-pit coal mine, along with its prey3, which included turtles and crocodiles. Now, a snake this big could only live where the average temperature was between 30 and 34 degrees Celsius4. So we gain info also about the climate at the time. Study leader Jason Head from the Smithsonian said, “The discovery of Titanoboa challenges our understanding of past climates and environments, as well as the biological limitations on the evolution of giant snakes. This shows how much more information about the history of Earth there is to glean5 from a resource like the reptile6 fossil record.”

 

Thanks for the minute for Scientific American's 60-Second Science. I'm Steve Mirsky .

 


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1 remains 1kMzTy     
n.剩余物,残留物;遗体,遗迹
参考例句:
  • He ate the remains of food hungrily.他狼吞虎咽地吃剩余的食物。
  • The remains of the meal were fed to the dog.残羹剩饭喂狗了。
2 dubbed dubbed     
v.给…起绰号( dub的过去式和过去分词 );把…称为;配音;复制
参考例句:
  • Mathematics was once dubbed the handmaiden of the sciences. 数学曾一度被视为各门科学的基础。
  • Is the movie dubbed or does it have subtitles? 这部电影是配音的还是打字幕的? 来自《简明英汉词典》
3 prey g1czH     
n.被掠食者,牺牲者,掠食;v.捕食,掠夺,折磨
参考例句:
  • Stronger animals prey on weaker ones.弱肉强食。
  • The lion was hunting for its prey.狮子在寻找猎物。
4 Celsius AXRzl     
adj.摄氏温度计的,摄氏的
参考例句:
  • The temperature tonight will fall to seven degrees Celsius.今晚气温将下降到七摄氏度。
  • The maximum temperature in July may be 36 degrees Celsius.七月份最高温度可能达到36摄氏度。
5 glean Ye5zu     
v.收集(消息、资料、情报等)
参考例句:
  • The little information that we could glean about them was largely contradictory.我们能够收集到的有关它们的少量信息大部分是自相矛盾的。
  • From what I was able to glean,it appears they don't intend to take any action yet.根据我所收集到的资料分析,他们看来还不打算采取任何行动。
6 reptile xBiz7     
n.爬行动物;两栖动物
参考例句:
  • The frog is not a true reptile.青蛙并非真正的爬行动物。
  • So you should not be surprised to see someone keep a reptile as a pet.所以,你不必惊奇有人养了一只爬行动物作为宠物。
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