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Dromaeosaur "sickle" claws
I have been carefully watching the arguments on the dromaeosaur "
sickle" claws and these are my positions and evidence.
First of NO claw is specifically adapted to slice or sickle prey. Not
even cat claws. Slicing prey without the aid of serrations on a slicing
weapon is impossible. The claw just get " stuck" in the side of the
animal it is holding onto. Dromaeosaur claws most closely resemble
piercing claws like a woodpecker claw. So it is more likely that they
were using their claws not for slicing but for grasping. It is highly
unlikely that any animal is adapted to slash and slice prey with claws.
If any of you have ever seen a cat kill something it does not slice it,
it STABS it. The only things that are adapted for slicing are serrated,
recurved teeth. NOT claws.
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