National Geographic : 1936 Sep
0' ©Lady Broughton HERE MIGHT BE A SCENE FROM THE EOCENE EPOCH, WHEN THE ANCESTOR OF THE IKOMODO DRAGON FIRST APPEARED Sixty million years, more or less, have made little change in these oldest of lizards. Puzzling to scientists is the question ofhow they happen toliveonKomodo, formed in comparatively recent geologic times. They are found only on this island and a few neighboring ones in the LesserSunda group, between Java and Timor. Fourteen specimens, two alive, were brought to the United States in 1926 by the Douglas Burden Expedition. The exiles soon died, butamounted group isonexhibition atthe American Museum of Natural History in New York. The specimen at the National Zoological Park in Washington,D. C.,died thissummer.