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The documentary was released on March 28, 2012 at the Baird auditorium of the [[National Museum of Natural History|Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History]].<ref name=Newsdesk>[http://newsdesk.si.edu/releases/titanoboa-monster-snake-premieres-national-museum-natural-history-march-28 Titanoboa: Monster Snake Premieres at the National Museum of Natural History March 28]</ref>
From a fossil bed deep within [[List of snakes of Colombia|Colombia]]'s [[Cerrejón|Cerrejón coal mine]] emerges ''Titanoboa'', the [[list of largest snakes|largest snake ever found]]. This [[Paleocene]] reptile, from the epoch following the dinosaurs' demise, stretches our concept of what a snake can be. At {{convert|48|ft|m|1}}, this mega snake was longer than a school bus and was at the top of the monster-eat-monster food chain. Organized by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service in collaboration with the [[Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute]], the Smithsonian Channel, the Florida Museum of Natural History, and the [[University of Nebraska–Lincoln]], ''Titanoboa: Monster Snake'' features a life-size—and incredibly life-like—model of the prehistoric creature as it swallows a crocodile whole. Featuring compelling text and video, the exhibition is an amazing look at a lost world and the incredible animals that inhabited it. Until 2004, no one knew what lived in the South American tropics during the Paleocene epoch (65.5 to 56 million years ago). Then, a student on a research expedition uncovered something remarkable, the first glimpse of a long-forgotten group of animals, with ''Titanoboa'' among them, a 60 million-year-old-beast that was able to crush and devour massive prehistoric crocodiles. For the team of paleontologists, finding ''Titanoboa'' was a once-in-a-lifetime discovery. This reptile, along with other significant fossils unearthed in the Cerrejón coal mine, provide the first glimpse of the earliest known rainforest.<ref name=Smithsonian>[https://www.sites.si.edu/s/topic/0TO36000000L5NmGAK/titanoboa-monster-snake ''Titanoboa: Monster Snake''] at [[Smithsonian Institution]]</ref>