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Poisonous Raptor DiscoveredPoisonous Prehistoric Raptor Discovered in ChinaPoisonous Raptor Discovered by TheDailyDino
A new dromeosaur (raptor) was recently discovered in China. This is the first report of venom in the lineage that leads to modern birds. This raptor was discovered by some University of Kansas students.
The group's findings have been published in an early edition of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. This new discovery has been named Sinornithosaurus, it's name meaning Chinese-bird-lizard.
The venom probably and most likely sent the victim into rapid shock, shrinking the odds of retaliation, escape or piracy from other predators while the raptor manipulated its prey.
Sinornithosaurus had depressions on the side of its face thought to have housed a poison gland. The poison gland was connected by a long lateral depression above the tooth row that delivered venom to a series of long, grooved teeth on the upper jaw. This is similiar to a venom-delivery system found in some modern snakes and lizards.
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