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Varanus prisca was originally described in a separate genus (Megalania) before being moved to Varanus.Varanus prisca is now recognised as a close relative of the living Komodo dragon (Varanus komodoensis).Varanus prisca can be distinguished from other monitor lizards by various features of the skeleton including
  • subtle features of the brain case
  • low spines on its trunk vertebrae
  • enormous body size.

In many respects, Varanus prisca would have looked like a larger version of a Komodo dragon, with a
  • large, flattened head
  • bulky body
  • long powerful tail
  • jaw lined with sharp serrated teeth


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