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Re: RATITE HALLUX



In a message dated 95-11-27 05:57:29 EST, dwn194@soton.ac.uk (D.W.Naish)
writes:

>This shows a large hallux, level with digits 2-4, and almost
>perpendicular to the axis of digit 3.. if I remember correctly. Perhaps the
>animal was walking over slippy mud (hence the preservability of its prints
in
>this instance)..

Yes, if the substrate is soft enough, the theropod foot can sink in to the
level of the hallux. Maybe that's a use for it: an extra digit to help keep
the foot from sinking into the mud _even deeper_. (This is a JOKE.)