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Grand Central Station

March 23, 2012 by staff 

Grand Central Station, A strange sight is accosting visitors at Grand Central Station here this week: a gigantic snake. A life-size model of the 60-million-year-old Titanoboa has taken stage at the train terminal, an advertisement for a new documentary on the Smithsonian Channel.

“That thing would swallow me whole,” Grand Central visitor Sarah Bouroque said when she saw the giant snake. “I’d have to run and hide if I saw that thing in real life.”

Remains of the ancient Titanoboa snake, which weighed in at a whopping 2,500 pounds (more than 1,100 kilograms) and a length of 48 feet (almost 15 meters), were first found near fossilized plants, giant turtles and crocodiles dating back to the Paleocene Epoch (about 60 million years ago). This was when the world’s first known rain forest emerged, and dinosaurs no longer ruled the Earth.

“It was an actual animal? A real animal? It’s huge, that’s impressive,” visitor Chris Wood said, eyeballing the giant reptile. “It’s pretty impressive — I don’t know what to make of it, really.”

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