During the field season of 1870, F. V. Hayden collected a number of sandstone blocks that contained the remains of a large fossil lizard (Middle Eocene Bridger Formation, Sweetwater County, Wyoming). Though mostly unprepared, the visible bones were described by Leidy (1870) as Saniwa ensidens (USNM 2185; holotype). Fifty years later all the blocks associated with USNM 2185 were prepared prior to Gilmore's (1922) more complete description of Saniwa ensidens and his assignment of the taxon to the Varanoidea. Gilmore (1922) notes that the skeletal remains in the blocks were partially disarticulated to dissociated despite the excellent articulation of some...

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