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Re: Dromaeosaur "sickle" claws
On Fri, 29 Aug 1997 email@example.com wrote:
> On Wed, 27 Aug 1997 11:02:12 -0700 (PDT) Dennis C Hwang
> <firstname.lastname@example.org> writes:
<snip> or even <slash>
> >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.
Good point (pun intended, as always). I remember reading an anecdote in
Richard Ellis's _The Book of Sharks_ back in 1978, in which he described
running his finger along the serrations of a _Carcharodon carcharias_
tooth: "I didn't know I had cut myself until I saw the blood."
Of course, the *cumulative* effect of a mouthful of _Carcharodon_ teeth,
as I recall, is generally an avulsion.
xenopathologist at large!
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