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Re: Megalania question - DNA
As I don't have access to the latest/greatest on this particular lizard (the four books I have that reference it at all state its size as either twice or four times that of a Komodo dragon)
More recent estimates put an adult Megalania at around 4.5m long and between
300 to 400kg in weight.
I wanted to know what the most recent age on any bones for this beastie is?
If some remains have been found deep in some Australian cave, non-fossilized,
could viable DNA be extracted? 40,000 to 25,000 yrs back seems to me a
reasonable time for this.
As far as I'm aware, no Megalania bones have been found in cave deposits.
Most of the known fossils are fairly fragmentary and often badly weathered.
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