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(vah-ran-us priss-cuss)
Varanus priscus
Named By: Varanus was established by Blasius Merrem in 1820. The species Varanus priscus was originally named as Megalania prisca by Richard Owen in 1859
Time Period: Pleistocene, 1.5-0.04 Ma
Location: Australia
Size: Estimated between 4.5 and 7 meters long, sometimes estimated being slightly bigger at up to 8 meters long, depending upon similarity to other large lizards
Diet: Carnivore
Fossil(s): Scattered and incomplete remains
Classification: | Chordata | Reptilia | Squamata | Platynota | Varanoidea | Varanidae |
Also known as: | Megalania prisca |

Megalania (Megalania prisca or Varanus priscus) is an extinct giant goanna or monitor lizard. They were part of a megafaunal assemblage that inhabited southern Australia during the Pleistocene. The youngest fossil remains date to around 50,000 years ago. The first aboriginal settlers of Australia might have encountered them.

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