Hundred-ton dinosaurs may have been just as scared of snakes as humans are. The recent discovery of a fossilized snake wrapped around a baby titanosaur offers the first-ever direct evidence that prehistoric snakes fed on dinosaur hatchlings. Researchers believe the snake was attacking a baby dinosaur as it hatched; a natural disaster then overcame them, freezing the scene for perpetuity.
"It was such a thrill to discover such a portentous moment frozen in time," said the scientist who found the fossil in India. The snake and its prey were found among a fossilized dinosaur nest containing three other eggs. The dinosaur-eating snake would have been one of very few predators that preyed on giant dinosaurs like the plant-eating titanosaur.