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Re: Deinonychus claws

Stephen Faust wrote:
>Please consider the strength of the limb employing the claw. If the arms 
>of Deinonychus were as powerful as those of a tiger, it might not require 
>the claws on its hindfeet as weapons. It definitely might if it took 
>prey larger than itself, as does a cat, and its arms were relatively weak.
        Look at it in an evolutionary context. It really doesn't matter how
strong the arms were, just that the legs were stronger. This is to be
expected from a bipedal cursor.
      Jonathan R. Wagner, Dept. of Geosciences, TTU, Lubbock TX 79409
      "The cost of living hasn't affected its popularity." - Unknown