October 27, 2016
Dr. Alex Hastings, assistant curator of paleontology, will be featured in the upcoming PBS documentary "Secrets of the Dead: Graveyard of the Giant Beasts", premiering on November 2 at 10 p.m. (check local listings).
Titanoboa, a 43-foot long snake that weighed over 2,500 pounds, was thought to be the biggest, strongest megabeast during the Paleocene epoch of approximately 60 million years ago. However, giant crocodilians discovered in Colombia have challenged its status as the alpha predator. This documentary delves into this period of giant beasts and attempts to identify which one was truly the apex predator of its time.