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Research Article

Dragon's Paradise Lost: Palaeobiogeography, Evolution and Extinction of the Largest-Ever Terrestrial Lizards (Varanidae)

  • Scott A. Hocknull mail,

    scott.hocknull@qm.qld.gov.au

    Affiliation: Geosciences, Queensland Museum, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

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  • Philip J. Piper,

    Affiliation: Archaeological Studies Program, University of the Philippines, Quezon City, Philippines

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  • Gert D. van den Bergh,

    Affiliation: School of Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Wollongong, Wollongong, New South Wales, Australia

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  • Rokus Awe Due,

    Affiliation: Indonesian Centre for Archaeology, Jakarta, Indonesia

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  • Michael J. Morwood,

    Affiliation: School of Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Wollongong, Wollongong, New South Wales, Australia

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  • Iwan Kurniawan

    Affiliation: Geological Survey of Indonesia, Bandung, Indonesia

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  • Published: September 30, 2009
  • DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0007241
  • Published in PLOS ONE

About the Authors

Scott A. Hocknull
Geosciences, Queensland Museum, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Philip J. Piper
Archaeological Studies Program, University of the Philippines, Quezon City, Philippines
Gert D. van den Bergh, Michael J. Morwood
School of Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Wollongong, Wollongong, New South Wales, Australia
Rokus Awe Due
Indonesian Centre for Archaeology, Jakarta, Indonesia
Iwan Kurniawan
Geological Survey of Indonesia, Bandung, Indonesia

Corresponding Author

Email: scott.hocknull@qm.qld.gov.au

Competing Interests

The authors have declared that no competing interests exist.

Author Contributions

Conceived and designed the experiments: SAH. Performed the experiments: SAH PP GvdB MM. Analyzed the data: SAH. Wrote the paper: SAH PP GvdB MM. Integral to the excavation and recovery of material for this study: RAD IK.