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DISCOVERY OF VASUKI INDICUS



  Apr 23, 2024

DISCOVERY OF VASUKI INDICUS



Newly discovered species of prehistoric snake

1. What is Vasuki Indicus?

Vasuki Indicus is the name given to a newly discovered species of prehistoric snake whose fossils were found in Kutch, Gujarat, India. It is one of the largest snakes ever discovered, measuring between 10 and 15 meters in length.

2. When did Vasuki Indicus live?

The snake lived approximately 47 million years ago during the Middle Eocene epoch.

3. Where were the fossils of Vasuki Indicus found?

The fossils were discovered at the Panandhro Lignite Mine in Kutch by researchers from the Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee.

4. What does the discovery tell us?

This discovery provides significant insights into the evolutionary history of snakes in India. It shows how snakes adapted to different climates and suggests that high temperatures may have contributed to their large sizes.

5. How does Vasuki Indicus compare to other prehistoric snakes?

Vasuki Indicus is comparable in size to Titanoboa, the largest known snake species, which also reached lengths of around 15 meters. Both snakes had robust builds indicative of powerful predators.

6. Why is the discovery of Vasuki Indicus important?

The discovery is crucial for understanding the ancient ecosystems of India and contributes to the broader knowledge of snake evolution worldwide. It helps scientists understand more about the conditions and ecological factors that influenced the evolution of reptiles during the Eocene era.


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