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Re: Meglania weighed only 1 tonne (long)




On Thu, 7 Dec 1995, Paul Willis wrote:

> Firstly, sorry, for the delay in replying to this post, but I have been to
> a Quaternary conference in Wellington Caves (that's right, actually in the
> caves themselves). Secondly, while there we found another Megalania
> vertebra. Size estimates are a little diffficult at this stage but in the
> vacinity of "big bastard" should be about right. Thirdly, while conversing
> with other palaeoherpos at the conference (Ralph Molnar, John Scanlon and
> Steve Salisbury) we all concluded that the more recent material of
> Megalania is significantly larger than the largest stuff that Max got to
> look at in 1975 and that weight estimates between 1-2 tonnes are about
> right, possibly stretching to 2.5 tonnes for the RBBs (really big
> bastards). Fourthly, no we haven't published this yet, but we are
> contemplating doing so. Fifthly, and this should have gone firstly because,
> concerning crocs, it is by far the most important piece of this post, Steve
> described some fragments of Quinkana indicating that this terrestrial croc
> grew to lengths of over 8 metres and weighed 1-2 tonnes.

> This can lead to one conclusion with respect to terrestrial ectotherms in
> the Plio-Pleistocene of Australia; We now recognise at least two APPTEs
> (Australian Plio-Pleistocene Terrestrial Ectotherms) that reached weights
> between 1-2 tonnes and that RBAs in the APPTE class (even if based on SLPs)
> could have reached the ES (Enormous Size) of 2.5 tonnes. Not to mention the
> FBSs (Very Big Snakes) Wonambi and Yulunggar clocking in at up to 900kg.
> Yes, we will publish one day.

        A) How long is a .9 metric tonne snake? (even a guestimate would be 
nice).
        B) What the heck is with your country and big reptiles? Why can't 
you just have normal mammalian predators like everybody else???

        -nick L.