Story: Pacific migrations

Fossil remains of the giant iguana Lapitiguana impensa (2nd of 3)

Fossil remains of the giant iguana Lapitiguana impensa

The pelvic bone of the extinct giant iguana is pictured here with the much smaller pelvic bone from a still-living iguana species. The giant iguana’s remains were found in sediments on the main Fijian island of Viti Levu. This iguana would have measured around half a metre from the tip of its snout to its vent. It is thought that it became extinct shortly after human arrival in Fiji – around 3,000 years ago.

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Geoff Irwin, 'Pacific migrations - Into Remote Oceania: Lapita people', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/4234/fossil-remains-of-the-giant-iguana-lapitiguana-impensa (accessed 20 August 2019)

Story by Geoff Irwin, published 8 Feb 2005, reviewed & revised 8 Feb 2017