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Re: Not: why the long face? but:why the long neck?



On Mon, Oct 12th, 2009 at 10:38 AM, B tH <soylentgreenistrex@yahoo.com> wrote:

> While these lizards weren't around way
> back in the dino-age...

Molecular studies suggest that varanids date back to at least the Early 
Cretaceous. Telmasaurus 
and Estesia fossils are known from Late Cretaceous Mongolian deposits (Estesia 
may be closer to 
gila monsters than 'true' varanids, making it more of a 'varanoid').

And of course there were the mosasaurs, which were really just big sea-going 
cousins of the 
monitors.

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Dann Pigdon
GIS / Archaeologist                Australian Dinosaurs
Melbourne, Australia               http://home.alphalink.com.au/~dannj
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