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Varanidae

MEGALANIA Prisca

 
Meaning Of Name: Ancient giant butcher
Classification: Giant varanid lizard
Age: Pleistocene 1.6million - 40,000 years ago
Locality: South-eastern Queensland, Australia
Skull Cast Size: 80cm in length
Skeleton Cast Size: 570 cm in length

Megalania was a giant lizard, reaching lengths of up to 6 meters which makes it the largest terrestrial lizard that ever lived. Megalania was once thought to belong to a distinct genus called Megalania prisca , it is now recognized as a species in the genus Varanus , which includes all monitor lizards.