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Re: Ceratosaurus, venom or no?



--- On Thu, 12/24/09, Thomas R. Holtz, Jr. <tholtz@umd.edu> wrote:

> James Stearns wrote:
> > All this talk of venom in sinornithosaurs reminded me
> of some other
> oddities.
> >
> > Notably, fang-like dentition and grooved teeth are
> also known from
> Ceratosaurus, the former in all species (the Western Paleo
> juvie wth
> maxillary teeth long enough to overhang the lower jaw comes
> to mind) and
> the latter in C. dentisulcatus, specifically named for the
> grooves in
> its teeth. I may be going out on a limb here, but what of
> the
> possibility that C. dentisulcatus had a venomous bite? It
> would be a
> good way of bringing down sauropods.
> >
> I think the evidence for poisonous Ceratosaurus is just
> about as strong as
> the evidence for poisonous Sinornithosaurus...

Heh. Some knowledgeable and otherwise idle person should calculate how much 
cobra venom would required to knock down a large sauropod...