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In a message dated 97-02-21 03:27:15 EST, you write:

  >still, why would a
 > killing weapon be placed on the _hind_ foot when it had perfectly
 > serviceable jaws and forelimbs equipped with their own array of
 > customized cutlery?  >>

Would 4 sets of claws be a good idea?  Anybody who has played with cats has
observed the behavior of gripping with front claws and teeth and using the
rear claws for disemboweling.  Could such a behavior have benefitted the
Dromeosaurids?  Quite likely.  Even if the claws were not sharp, but merely
relatively pointed, they could inflict a lot of damage with the power of a
raptor's muscles...



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