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Re: Megalania question - DNA



--- On Mon, 6/2/08, Dann Pigdon <dannj@alphalink.com.au> wrote:

> From: Dann Pigdon <dannj@alphalink.com.au>
> Subject: Re: Megalania question - DNA
> To: dinosaur@usc.edu
> Date: Monday, June 2, 2008, 10:20 PM
> hammeris1@bellsouth.net writes: 
> 
> > 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.
> http://www.bio.usyd.edu.au/staff/swroe/Wroe2002review.pdf 

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Actually, the most recent _Megalania_ work would be that of Ralph Molnar. 

http://www.amazon.com/Dragons-Dust-Paleobiology-Monitor-Megalania/dp/0253343747/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1212464582&sr=8-1

Dr. Molnar found 320kg to be about the average size of the _Megalania_ 
specimens currently known, with the largest individuals hitting 7 meters and 
920kg. 

Jason