The Ultimate Killer: A Komodo Dragon Kills & Eats A Buffalo
The Komodo dragon truly is, the ultimate killer. Large and swift, these prehistoric creatures hunt their prey with no feeling, other than an insatiable and mindless hunger. Now matter how many different documentaries I watch regarding these animals, I can never quite get used to watching them hunt and kill their prey, there’s almost something obscene about it.
As this story unfolds, it almost seems primeval the way it happens. If it weren’t for the fact that it was being filmed, you could almost place this event anywhere you want in the last four million year time period. Komodo dragons haven’t changed very much at all in the last few million years. There is some speculation that the species originated in Australia. All it takes is one bite from the Komodo and the fate of it’s prey is sealed. Watch and see for yourself, it’s really quite a horrible way to die.
According to livescience.com:
“Scientists now find that the world’s largest living lizard species, the Komodo dragon, most likely evolved in Australia and dispersed westward to its current home in Indonesia. In the past, researchers had suggested the Komodo dragon (Varanus komodoensis) developed from a smaller ancestor isolated on the Indonesian islands, evolving its large size as a response to lack of competition from other predators or as a specialist hunter of pygmy elephants known as Stegodon.
However, over the past three years, an international team of scientists unearthed numerous fossils from eastern Australia dated from 300,000 years ago to roughly 4 million years ago that they now know belong to the Komodo dragon.”When we compared these fossils to the bones of present-day Komodo dragons, they were identical,” said researcher Scott Hocknull, a vertebrate paleontologist at the Queensland Museum in Australia.
For the last 4 million years, Australia has been home to the world’s largest lizards, including the 16-foot-long giant (5 meters) called Megalania (pictured above), once the world’s largest terrestrial lizard but which died out some 40,000 years ago. “Now we can say Australia was also the birthplace of the three-meter (10 foot) Komodo dragon,” Hocknull said.”
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