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Re: Dim Memories From Ages Past Time

In Australia, Varanus giganteus (Perentie Monitors) when agitated assume
this bipedal stance - body erect, forelimbs dangling; the body supported by
the hind limbs and the tail which is strongly compressed laterally (except
as base). This also a common position for other varanids in Australia such
as V. panoptes, V. gouldii. It is also common to combat rituals in many (if
not most)  male varanids. I have seen one REPTILES magazine article likening
a glimpse of this behavior as "...not unlike a modern day T. rex" (a little

-----Original Message-----
From: Stewart, Dwight <Dwight.Stewart@VLSI.com>
To: 'Danvarner@aol.com' <Danvarner@aol.com>; "Stewart, Dwight"@usc.edu
<"Stewart, Dwight"@usc.edu>
Cc: dinosaur@usc.edu <dinosaur@usc.edu>
Date: Friday, August 28, 1998 4:23 AM
Subject: RE: Dim Memories From Ages Past Time

>Yes, isn't there an Australian lizard that does this?
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Danvarner@aol.com [SMTP:Danvarner@aol.com]
> Sent: Thursday, August 27, 1998 11:18 PM
> To: Dwight.Stewart@VLSI.com
> Cc: dinosaur@usc.edu
> Subject: Dim Memories From Ages Past Time
> In a message dated 98-08-27 22:51:10 EDT, Dwight Stewart writes:
> << But, from the front
> of the crowd, this (perhaps) eight year old girl explained; "Their
> resemblance to dinosaurs is only slight.  Actually,  modern lizards
>are not
> much like dinosaurs."  I chuckled to myself, as this rather
>red-faced older
> guy walked off mumbling! :-)  I assume he was the fellow who made
> original remark. >>
>   It is intriguing, however, that some varanid lizards rear up on
>their hind
> legs when assuming a threat posture, creating a petty good
>impression of a
> theropod dinosaur. Dan Varner.