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Re: Velociraptor footprints



On Sat, 26 Jul 1997 04:15:20 -0500 Sean Connell <thelip@flash.net>
writes:
>Sam Girouard wrote:
>> 
>> Extant ratites, that have been known to kill even humans with their 
>inner
>> digit's claw, do fine without carrying their second digit off the 
>ground.
>There isn't a comparison here.Ratite claws are VERY different in
>shape.They have to be because they aren't held off the ground.No 
>extant
>cursorial animal that I'm aware of has a pedal claw shaped like a
>dromaeosaur claw.The only similar claws I can think of offhand are 
>those
>of raptors (which of course aren't ground based runners)

One extant bird of prey _is_ a ground-based runner: the Secretary Bird of
Africa.  I don't know the status of its talons, though.  My guess is they
are blunted.

Judy Molnar
Education Associate, Virginia Living Museum
vlmed@juno.com
jamolnar@juno.com
All questions are valid; all answers are tentative.