Friday, January 27, 2012

Gather some insight on Megalania Prisca

Can you imagine being chased by a giant carnivorous lizard that you think would make a tasty and satisfying meal? If you were one of the first people to arrive in Australia, this is a situation that you really could have had to face. This is due to between 1.6 million and about 40,000 years ago (the latter is very close to the time the first Indians arrived in Australia), one of the largest predator in Australia was actually a giant carnivorous lizards.

Fossils of these lizards were first studied by the famous British anatomist Sir Richard Owen. In 1859, he named the species' Megalania Prisca "that" big old Roamer "(although many people mistakenly translate names like" big old Butcher ") means. But today, although the name "Megalania" is still in common use, the animals were recognized as part of the same sex as the other monitors, the "Varanus" - and because "Priscilla" should be changed to gender (male to female ) correspond to the "Varanus" is the correct name of the species is "Varanus Priscus."

There is much debate about how large these animals came, and to be honest, it is not clear. Some people believe that they may be as long as 23 feet (7 meters), while others believe that their maximum size was probably closer to about 15 feet (4.5 meters). Regardless of how exactly how big they are, although they are currently the largest known species of terrestrial lizards, and certainly not an animal that you have a close encounter with wanted!

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