December 22, 2009

Venomous Dinosaur Discovered

Just when you thought dinosaurs couldn't get any cooler, scientists announced this week they've discovered a dinosaur that was also venomous like a snake.

The newly discovered Sinornithosaurus millenii was small, about the size of a turkey they say, and was weinged like a pterodactyl. But it also stands out from other ancient creatured because its teeth seem to hqaqve grooves in them similar to a modern day snake, according to scientists who have studied te fossilized remains.

One team member described it thusly: "...Once the teeth were embedded in a victim's skin the venom would seep into the wound. The prey would then rapidly go into shock, but it would still be living, and it might have seen itself being slowly devoured by this raptor." Yikes!

Venomous Dinosaur

Sinornithosaurus millenii was probably no bigger than a turkey, a winged dinosaur that lived about 125 million years ago in what is now northeastern China. What makes it striking is that it probably had venom in its bite. A team from the University of Kansas, writing in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, examined its skull and reports that it had grooves in its teeth, the way some modern snakes do....

Venomous Dinosaur

Posted at December 22, 2009 3:49 PM

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