Venom

Extinct Mammal Had Venomous Bite, Fossils Suggest

Publication: National Geographic News   Date: June 22, 2005   View Article

About 60 million years ago, a small shrew-like mammal captured its prey by stabbing it with dagger-like teeth that delivered a nasty dose of venom, paleontologists reported today.

“Nothing like that has ever been described before,” said Richard Fox, a vertebrate paleontologist at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada.

Toxic Snail Venoms Yielding New Painkillers, Drugs

Publication: National Geographic News   Date: June 14, 2005   View Article

In chronic pain? Don’t be surprised if you find yourself at a corner pharmacy filling a prescription for synthetic snail venom sometime soon.

Last December the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the first painkiller derived from a cocktail of potent chemicals produced by cone snails.

New Snake Footage Uncoils Mystery of Flying Serpents

Publication: National Geographic News   Date: August 7, 2002   View Article

Watch out—there’s a snake flying through the air!

No, it’s not a paranoid hallucination. Along the west coast of India and in parts of Southeast Asia and Sri Lanka, some snakes slither through the jungle, bite with venom, and glide from tree to tree.

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