Venomous Prehistoric Raptor Discovery

Venomous Prehistoric Raptor Discovery


A group of University of Kansas researchers working with Chinese colleagues have discovered a venomous, birdlike raptor that thrived some 128 million years ago in China. This is the first report of venom in the lineage that leads to modern birds. In a video interview, Larry Martin, KU professor and curator of vertebrate paleontology at the Natural History Museum and Biodiversity Institute, talks about the finding. Learn more at And learn about the KU Natural History Museum and Biodiversity Research Center at

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