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Australian Dragon Discovered

Posted on: Thu 4 Mar 2021

Unravelling the origins of the Earth’s largest living lizard, the Komodo dragon, scientists have found that its ancestors bred with sand monitor lizards from Australia and southern New Guinea millions of years ago.

The comprehensive study, published in the journal Systematic Biology, adds to evidence that the giant lizards likely originated in Australia.

Cosmos Magazine’s online producer Kelly Wong joins Tom Mann to discuss this news, as well as why researchers are getting zebrafish larvae to jam out to MC Hammer’s U Can’t Touch This, and the discovery of a kangaroo in Australia’s oldest rock painting.

Produced by Tom Mann

Image Source: Flickr


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