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Dragons in the Dust: The Paleobiology of the Giant Monitor Lizard Megalania

Sprache: Englisch.
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Just 50,000 years ago the world was filled with fabulous creatures thatare now forever gone. Australia's giant lizard, Megalania, was one of those. Thesefrightful beasts could reach 19 feet in length and weigh as much as a polar bear. Ontheir home tu... weiterlesen
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Titel: Dragons in the Dust: The Paleobiology of the Giant Monitor Lizard Megalania
Autor/en: Ralph E. Molnar

ISBN: 0253343747
EAN: 9780253343741
Sprache: Englisch.
INDIANA UNIV PR

März 2004 - gebunden - 232 Seiten

Beschreibung

Just 50,000 years ago the world was filled with fabulous creatures thatare now forever gone. Australia's giant lizard, Megalania, was one of those. Thesefrightful beasts could reach 19 feet in length and weigh as much as a polar bear. Ontheir home turf they were top dog, and it was the rare animal that dared tochallenge them. Dragons in the Dust tells the story of these amazing lizards and theworld in which they lived. The book explores the Pleistocene, the time of the iceages. While mammals ruled elsewhere, in Australia reptiles held their dominance.Large monitor lizards survive to this day, but the discovery of fossil remains ofMegalania revealed that their ancestors were true giants and formidable predators.How scientists have reconstructed the way these animals lived and what factorsencouraged their evolution make up part of the story. What caused their extinctionremains a mystery, and one that makes an intriguing conclusion to this portrait of atrue dragon of the past.

Inhaltsverzeichnis

Introduction1. The Pleistocene World; 2. The Pleistocene in Australia; 3. The Discovery of Megalania; 4. Megalania and Other Varanids; 5. The Paleobiology of Megalania; 6. Why Megalania?Bibliography; Index

Portrait

Ralph E. Molnar was for many years Section Leader for Vertebrate and Invertebrate Palaeontology and Geology and Senior Curator of Vertebrate Palaeontology at Queensland Museum in Australia. Now retired, he lives in Flagstaff, Arizona.

Pressestimmen

"Dragons in the Dust is a fascinating attempt to recover the life and times--4.5 million to about 46,000 years ago--of this giant monitor lizard."--New Scientist, 3 July 2004

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