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Hottest planet in galaxy spotted

Author: LaV | 5-09-2011, 05:03
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Hottest planet in galaxy spotted

Illustration by David Aguilar

Seven of the Biggest Beasts of All Time

Author: LaV | 31-08-2011, 05:59
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Seven of the Biggest Beasts of All Time

We all know about the size of dinosaurs, of course, but how about a rodent the size of a bull, a sea scorpion bigger than a man, a frog as large as a beach ball, a penguin the size of a small adult human, a 1,000-pound ground-sloth-like marsupial, and a shark that may have grown longer than 50 feet and weighed up to 30 times more than the largest modern great white?

All these titans existed, although not in the same place or period.

 

1. Biggest Snake Fossil Found in Colombia Coal Mine

world's-biggest-snake Illustration of Titanoboa cerrejonensis by Jason Bourque/ Released by Nature 

The biggest snake that ever lived (that we know about) was a massive anaconda-like beast that slithered through steamy tropical rainforests about 60 million years ago feasting on primitive crocodiles, National Geographic News reported today.

"Fossils discovered in northeastern Colombia's Cerrejon coal mine indicate the reptile was at least 42 feet (13 meters) long and weighed 2,500 pounds (1,135 kilograms)," contributor John Roach reported.

The snake would have kil*ed its prey by slow suffocation -- wrapping around it and squeezing, just like a modern python or boa. Only this snake was twice the size of today's largest constrictors.

Humans would stand no chance against one of these giant snakes, said Hans-Dieter Sues, paleontologist and associate director for research and collections at the National Museum of Natural History of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. "Given the sheer size, the sheer cross section of that snake, it would be probably like one of those devices they use to crush old cars in a junkyard."

 

Underwater pyramids in Japan

Author: LaV | 29-08-2011, 03:30
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Underwater pyramids in Japan

A structure thought to be the world's oldest building, nearly twice the age of the great pyramids of Egypt, has been discovered. The rectangular stone ziggurat under the sea off the coast of Japan could be the first evidence of a previously unknown Stone Age civilization, say archeologists.
The monument is 600ft wide and 90ft high and has been dated to at least 8000BC. The oldest pyramid in Egypt, the Step Pyramid at Saqqara, was constructed more than 5,000 years later..

Yonaguni Island is located in western Japan. Yonaguni became famous in the mid 80-x, when divers discovered the mysterious underwater rock terraces and pyramids with sharp corners. Until now, there is debate, but nobody knows what secrets are fraught with the island. Scientists are inclined to believe that these pyramids were created artificially many years ago an unknown civilization that vanished from the face of the earth.