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Cobra unlikely to have killed Cleopatra

Researchers have debunked the legend that Cleopatra died from a cobra bite. According to Dr Tyldesley, the ancient accounts say a snake hid in a basket of figs brought in from the countryside, and was also used to kill one or two of her serving maids. But according to Andrew Gray, Cobras

Crocodiles ancestor found in Colombian coal mine

The 60-million-year old fossilized remains of a crodocile ancestor has been uncovered in the same Columbian mine as the world's largest snake. The findings, outlined in the journal Paleontology, suggest that members of these two predatory species might have fought to the death 60 million years ago. Titanoboa measured an incredible

X-rays find ancient snake’s hidden legs

New x-ray images of a 95-million-year-old snake fossil have revealed the creature's hidden leg, proving that snakes evolved from lizards, not from a water-based ancestor. One leg was already visible on the fossil's surface. Now, powerful X-rays have revealed a second leg that was hidden in the stone (3D reconstructions of

Cleopatra may have died from a drug overdose

A historian is claiming that Cleopatra died from a cocktail of drugs, and not the bite of an asp. 'Cleopatra wanted to remain beautiful in her death to maintain her myth,' he says on the Adventure Science show screened by ZDF entitled Cleopatra‘s Death; How did the last female Pharaoh

Fossilized 12-foot snake found eating baby dinosaurs

A 67-million-year-old snake fossil has been found, eating baby dinosaurs. Scientists have found a 67 million-year-old fossil of a snake coiled around dinosaur eggs and a hatchling. This is the first evidence of snakes eating dinosaurs. “It’s a stunning, once-in-a-lifetime find,” said paleontologist Paul Sereno of the University of

New species of prehistoric crocodile found in Colombia

The fossil remains of a new species of crocodile has been found in Columbia. It was the likely prey of a 45-foot-long giant snake called a Titanoboa. There would have been "no competition whatsoever," said study leader Alex Hastings, a University of Florida graduate student in vertebrate paleontology who

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