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Scientific Name: Varanus priscus (Ancient Dragon Lizard – Great Roamer)
Age: Pleistocene Epoch (200,000-41,000 years ago)
Size: 6 m long
Location: Central and Northern Australia
Megalania was a giant goanna that had large curved and serrated teeth used to grip and rip flesh from its victims. It also had a bony armour of osteoderms (bone skin) covering its body. Megalania was the largest known land-dwelling lizard to have ever existed. Queensland Museum palaeontologist, Dr. Scott Hocknull, found that Megalania was closely related to the living Komodo Dragon and both had first evolved in Australia. Fossils of Megalania can be seen in the Lost Creatures exhibit at Queensland Museum, South Bank.