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Re: Deinonychus claws; love 'em or leave 'em

Erik Omtvedt wrote:
>  Evolution would not give a devise for climbing--especially to a
> large animal--when the animal's main purpose was to hunt the ground
> feeders.  Besides, what good would a wolf-size predator do in the trees?

Leopards climb trees while carrying ENTIRE dead gazelles (medium-sized
ground feeders) to store the gazelle in the tree away from other
predators.  Leopards are larger than modern day wolves.  Leopards
compete with jackals, hyenas, foxes, lions and other leopards for the
gazelles.  Why indeed would Evolution devise such a thing, except that
it goves the leopard an advantage over the others in the competition for
dead gazelles.... Your very own (distant) ancestors were occasionally
stuck into trees by leopards and your (distant) ancestors were upright
ground-feeders at the time.
           Betty Cunningham  
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