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Re: Dromaeosaur "sickle" claws
On Wed, 27 Aug 1997 11:02:12 -0700 (PDT) Dennis C Hwang
>On Tue, 26 Aug 1997, Peter Von Sholly wrote:
>> Not to be too nit-picky, but, I said nothing about serrations on the
>> Swords, scalpels, razors etc. need sharp edges for cutting, not
>> tips. If you ever cut yourself with an x-acto knife or razor, you
>> it's a clean smooth cut. Cat scatches rip and rake and bounce over
>> surface. Yes, they can dig in and tear the skin, but not slice it,
>> way I would define SLICING. It would seem to me also that "raptor"
>> are more like cat claws than scalpels. When we get to terms like
>> pierce, cut, rip, etc. we need precise definitions if we want to be
>> about the same things
>In which case we ought to simply use the commonly-accepted (in the
>forensic pathology milieu) terms for defining wound type:
>laceration, and incision.
>Dromaeosaur claws (and, I would suspect, the vast majority of animal
>claws) would cause lacerations. I can't think of anything in nature
>would produce something I could call an incision.
Shark teeth, especially the serrated teeth of _Charcharodon megalodon_,
would come pretty close.
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