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Re: Dominant Mesozoic varanids?
At 12:49 PM 12/5/97 PST, you wrote:
>Were there any varanids in the Mesozoic comparable in size to Megalania
>prisca (or was that grand fellow a Meganesian fluke)? If so, where have
>they been found and when did they live? Is there any evidence to
>indicate that, in certain special environments (islands), lizards may
>have been the top predators as they were in Pleistocene "Australia,"
>despite the presence of dinosaurs (I'm talking post-Triassic, of
No evidence of trans-V. komodoensis sized varanids that I know of in the
Cretaceous. Paleosaniwa seems to be pretty big (ora-sized), but nothing
larger (on land: mosasaurs being somewhat larger... :-)
"Megalania" (which some lizard workers are suggesting is simply a species of
Varanus) seems to be a "Meganesian fluke" (sounds likes something that will
give you a serious intenstinal disease!).
Thomas R. Holtz, Jr.
Vertebrate Paleontologist Webpage: http://www.geol.umd.edu
Dept. of Geology Email:email@example.com
University of Maryland Phone:301-405-4084
College Park, MD 20742 Fax: 301-314-9661