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Re: T. Rex
On Mar 21, 12:34, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
} Subject: Re: T. Rex
> weight of meat off the hoof, possibly compounded with a slash from the
> rear talons. This thing had _massive_ muscles and tendons, not to mention
> pretty ferocious claws.
Ok, am I out of date, or is this comment about claws & talons wrong?
Gregory Paul (_Predatory Dinosaurs of the World_, p.321, 1988) says:
"One often reads about the tyrannosaur's supposedly "eagle-like" feet and
how they did nasty things to their prey with them. Nothing could be further
from the truth. Tyrannosaur hind claws are greatly reduced, being short,
broad, and rounded. Only ostrich-mimics have equally blunt, hooflike claws.
Like some other avetheropods, tyrannosaurs could deliver a stun-mean kick
with their powerful hind limbs. They probably fought intraspecific disputes
like overgrown ostriches, balancing on one foot and pushing out with the
other. But the claws were not important in dispatching prey."
Bob Myers Unocal Energy Resources Division
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