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RE: Tyrannosaurus Tail Torque

Wow, that's really interesting! thanks for clearing that up. I'll read the 
paper shortly.
Has anyone done research to see if Mosasaurs had similar glands? I know there 
was some debate about Sinornithosaurus being venomous.
Regarding spring legs and tails:
Robot leg with spring action http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ru2ctwb_yk
CRAZY POGO LEGS = AWESOME LOL http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KRrPBPh4AaM 
> Date: Tue, 23 Nov 2010 09:15:43 +1100
> From: dannj@alphalink.com.au
> To: dinosaur@usc.edu
> Subject: RE: Tyrannosaurus Tail Torque
> I suggest you read Fry et al's paper:
> http://www.pnas.org/content/106/22/8969.full
> On Tue, Nov 23rd, 2010 at 6:39 AM, Sim Koning wrote:
> > Do some varanids have have what look like venom glands ,yes
> No - they *have* venom glands. Whopping great venom glands that can deliver 
> up to half of their
> contents during an attack. Their venom does two things - it sends the prey 
> into a state of shock
> making them inable to struggle effectively, and it has anticoagulatory 
> effects that promote rapid
> blood loss.
> > Do wild dragons have enough bacteria in their mouths to kill (slowly), yes
> No - they don't. At least, no more than any other carnivore. You're just as 
> likely to get an infected
> bite from a pet cat as you are from a varanid.
> > Can they kill simply by biting their prey to death yup. Why is it that one
> > method is being focused on to the exclusion of the others?
> Because, as the Fry et al paper clearly states, the idea of an 'infectious 
> bite' that plays an
> important role in varanid predation is a complete and utter myth. It has 
> never been documented in
> any scientific way, and the hypothesis fails in spectactular fashion when 
> approached with any sort
> of scientific vigour. It's a scientific urban myth. A well-established one, 
> admittedly, but wrong none-
> the-less.
> > However, I do think dragon victims are
> > probably far more likely to get a severe infection or blood poisoning when 
> > compared to the
> > victims of other predators due the 57 or so strains of virulent bacteria in 
> > their mouth.
> The bacteria identified in varanid mouths is no different to that found in 
> other reptiles, and many of
> those bacterial species have come from the stomach contents of their 
> mammalian prey. It seems
> more likely that komodo monitors *receive* more bacteria from their prey than 
> they actually
> deliver *to* them.
> --
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> Dann Pigdon
> Spatial Data Analyst Australian Dinosaurs
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