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Re: Dromaeosaur "sickle" claws

At 01:30 PM 8/24/97 -0700, you wrote:
>Right on.  And I'd like to emphasize that my objection to the term
>"sickle" comes strictly from the implied connotation that it could CUT like
>a sickle, not it's shape.  (I think it's part of the hype attendant to

Just to point out that the term "sickle" is used to describe the bills of
certain birds (eg the Sickle-billed Vanga Falculea palliata of Madagascar
and the Sicklebills Eutoxeres [which are hummingbirds]) without any
implication that these bills have sharp cutting edges.  There are also
birds called "Scythebills", and they can't cut with their bills either.
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