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Re: Dominant Mesozoic varanids?

At 04:32 PM 12/7/97 -0600, Seth A. Ellestad wrote:
>>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... :-)
>What about that Estesia thingy from the Nemegt?  I understand it has
>features that resemble both varanids and helodermatids, wasn't that one
>about Ora size as well?

Estesia is also a goodly-sized animal, but it is a non-varanid varanoid
rather than a varanid sensu stricto.

Thomas R. Holtz, Jr.
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