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Snakes tell a torrid tale

The discovery in Colombia of a giant species of fossil snake is news in itself. But a wider, more controversial inference to be drawn is that tropical climate in the past was not buffered from global warming.

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Figure 1: Simulation of annual average surface temperatures about 58 million years ago.

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Huber, M. Snakes tell a torrid tale. Nature 457, 669–671 (2009). https://doi.org/10.1038/457669a

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