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Is it Possible that in subtropical forested areas of Australia to the present day survived the giant lizard, with a length of 7 meters? And that they can attack people trying to dine on them? In the modern world most large lizards are considered the "dragons" of Komodo Islands, these lizards can reach a length of 2.6 meters (in captivity, some specimens were grown over 3 metres).
However, the Komodo Islands these giants came from Australia where there are about 3.8 million years ago. Australian megafauna (huge animals) began to die about 45 thousand years ago, after a couple of thousand years after the continent came the ancestors of the aborigines. It is believed that it is mostly people and killed major Australian prehistoric animals. But maybe not all.
the fact that in the Outback of Australia, where there are rarely visitors and even natives live a little, regularly people disappear without a trace, and the locals talk about the huge lizards. Most famous Australian large prehistoric lizard called "Megalania prisca" and she lived here 40 thousand years ago. Its title accurately translated as "Ancient giant butcher" - is the largest of all lizards in Earth's history.
About the size of Megalania is still going and lively debate among researchers, but now it is believed that the length of these lizards from the tip of the snout to the tip of the tail reached a maximum of 7 meters. Externally, Megalania looked like a typical big lizard, she had a muscular body with strong legs, thick tail and large snout.
This monster felt great in the swamps and in the water or on the ground, but its ancient remains were mainly found in places where thousands of years have been tropical forest. Perhaps megalania lived on the open grasslands or in woodlands.
In the myths of the aborigines and their rock paintings are still to find mention of great reptiles, similar in description to megalania. People often endowed these creatures with supernatural qualities - the ability to cause fires or great to swim in the ocean.
There is a tale of natives that a giant lizard once wandered into ocean and was there to swim, what attracted the attention of a great white shark. But when the shark fell to megalania, it suddenly found itself in the role of victim, the lizard easily managed to kill her, and then pulled the carcass of the shark to shore with ate it.
And according to the same fairy tales, legends and traditions of the aborigines, a huge lizard had almost become extinct thousands of years ago, and continued to meet, including attacking people in the modern time. So there is a story that in 1890 in the aboriginal village of Euroa in the Australian state of Victoria a huge lizard with a length of 9 meters (!) terrorized people, attacking them, trying to bite and adults taking small children.
In the end, the people gathered a large group of hunters in 40 people who went to comb all the nearest forest and ponds in search of a giant lizard-eater. But suddenly, the lizard had disappeared, they found no trace of her, and the attack on the village immediately stopped.
the Natives called this monster goannas what is the common name for all the Australian monitor lizards, both large and small. However, even the largest modern Australian lizard does not grow more than 2.5 metres and is not considered dangerous to humans, because it only weighs about 15 kg.
Even when in Australia only started to come white settlers, the aborigines warned them about the vast and dangerous Hannah with powerful jaws and reaching a length of many meters, it was obviously no ordinary lizards, and something monstrous.
In may 1899 in the newspaper "Sydney Evening News" published an article entitled "History of Central Australia" authored by journalist Ernest Frank, which tells about how the natives are afraid of a giant lizard-monster. This lizards they called Genderenum (Gonderanup):
"was a clear moonlit night and a group of hunters were Smoking after a meal, when they were frightened by a loud and painful cry of one of their horses. No more striking and painful sound than the semi-human cry of the horse, which is gripped by mortal pain and terror.
the Men jumped to their feet and raised their guns, and then hurried in the direction of the screams. As they approached, they saw something. what were clinging claws over the shoulders of the horse, and his powerful jaw clenched the throat of the poor animal. It was a monstrous lizard. The horse stood still, trembling with terror, but this horrible creature on it was not moving at all.
Aim a rifle at an angle so as not to hit the horse, Murray shot and the claws of this creature abandoned horse, but the jaws didn't open. Then a frightened horse began to spin, and then uttered a trembling breath and died, falling to the ground along with the dead lizard, still gripping her throat.
It was a huge kind of lizard with a disproportionately big head. Its iron jaws still kept its grip on the throat of a dead horse and there flowed blood. While people were watching them, another similar creature attacked Dundee (another hunter) and before the Rafter killed a lizard, she managed to strike him a terrible wound.
After that Murray told him to gather all the horses to as soon as possible to leave this place, because other similar animals have started to come here. Dundee staggering from wounds while Murray and Rafter ran for the horses, and then he heard him creeping other creature in terror, and fled into the wilderness.
Soon Dundee and Rafter died from wounds inflicted on them by Genderenum, and from horses, which were attacked by lizards, the skeletons were left alone - the ferocious reptile completely cleared them from the meat. When the hunters returned to camp with the horses, Martin began to look for Dundee, but have not received an answer from him. Poor Dundee was already dead. The bite of Garderop were fatal.
Murray could never tell all the details of that horrible skirmishes on the shores of salt lake, the creatures seemed to him disgusting and he said that they will not reveal their deadly jaws, even when you kill them.
And they were not the only one who encountered these creatures, the old natives of that part of remember them and tell their story." In January 1940, the newspaper "Northern Standard", covering the news of Darwin, put a note under the title "Wanted a lizard, with a length of 18 feet." In the article it was told that a Fred Blakely wants to gather a search party to find and then catch a giant lizard.
According to Blakely, it is one of the few white people that were met by the monstrous lizard-tales of the aborigines. According to Blakely, the lizard, whom he had seen with his own eyes, reached a length of about 18 feet (5.4 meters) and the distance between the marks of its paws was equal to half a meter.
Blakely described that lizards are very poisonous claws, and if it will cause these claws wound, it is very bad and slow to heal. The giant mainly attacks with his big muscular tail, knocking prey down. "It is faster than crocodile, and moves like a gallop. The natives call this creature the Devil of Prenti," said Blakely in a note.
If a giant prehistoric lizards were able to survive until the mid-twentieth century, they may well survive to the present day. Moreover, in those places where they are seen, and in our days has not reached a developed civilization. There is still almost deserted land, inhabited by rare aboriginally.
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