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Re: MONONYKUS' ARMS
>I think I am going to have to agree with most posters on this list (the vocal
>ones at least) in my opposition to the idea that _Mononykus_ used its
>forelimbs for digging. In looking through:
>And digging for what? The semi-desert that it lived in didn't, as far as I
>know, have much in the way of fossilised subsurface insects etc. Perhaps it
>was digging for roots or tubers. These scenarios I find unlikely too because
>the ultra-short forelimbs cause such a silly pose. If it was really digging
>in the ground, one would expect longer forelimbs, or a body that wasn't so
>One suggestion that isn't quite so silly, is the idea that perhaps they used
>their claws to strip bark for beetles or other sorts of under-bark insects or
>whatnot. This is also not very likely to me (though more likely than the
>first idea) because the claws are not very coordinated as one would expect to
>dig out insects in bark. _Mononykus_ is also a little large to be eating
>just insects anyway.
>For me, I believe that the arms were nothing more than sexual display
>devices, and also perhaps they were implimented in intra-specific combat,
>which could explain the great muscle attachments surrounding them.
Could the beastie have been a specialized scavenger, rooting around
in giant sauropod carcasses or some such?
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