News on a pair of new predators came to light this week, and the two couldn’t be more different, except for one common factor – they are both almost unspeakably awesome.

From Colombia comes the discovery of fossilized vertebrae belonging to the biggest snake known to science. Titanoboa cerrejonensis probably measured upwards of 42 feet in length and weighed over a thousand pounds, and when it was alive some 60 million years ago, it would have been the undisputed top of the food chain. This school bus sized constrictor probably lived a lifestyle similar to modern anacondas, except that instead of eating birds and capybaras, this thing ate crocodiles. And presumably whatever else struck it’s cold-blooded fancy.

Fast forward a handful of eons to the present day and it seems there are still plenty of predators to discover. You just have to go to the bottom of the sea off teh coast of Australia to find a carnivorous variety of sea squirt that catches fish in much the same way a Venus fly trap snares insects. Granted, they’re perhaps not as impressive in magnitude as a snake that could demolish your car, but it certainly deserves a couple of points for originality.

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