|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|
|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|
|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.