Greater Ancestors

World Museum

Fossil remains of a giant iguana

Palaeofaunal Surveys Photograph by Jim Palmer and T. H. Worthy

Fossil remains of the giant iguana Lapitiguana impensa

The pelvic bone of this greater ancestral iguana is pictured here with the much smaller pelvic bone from a still-living iguana weaker descendant. 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. This animal is the direct ancestor to living iguanas, no side branches no common ancestry just a step in its grand lineage.