What’s more frightful than dinosaurs? How about ones that use venom to disable their prey, similar to rear-fanged snakes or the Komodo Dragon? Well that seems to be the case when it comes to the Sinornithosaurus, a turkey-sized member of the family Dromaeosauridae, same as the infamous Velociraptor, living in Northern China.
“The ductwork leading out of the venom gland gave the venom a way to travel to the base of the teeth, where the venom welled up in the grooves,” paleontologist and study co-author, David Burnham of the University of Kansas Natural History Museum and Biodiversity Research Center, told National Geographic. “So when they sank their teeth into tissue of the victim, it allowed the venom, which was really enhanced saliva, to get into the wound.”
Scientists seem to think the venom wasn’t deadly, but rather shocked the prey into a state of paralysis, which allowed the Sinornithosaurus to eat in peace.