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Re: Still more claws
On Sat, 30 Aug 1997 18:51:55 -0400 (EDT) MBell16766@aol.com writes:
>It must be a slow day on the net. I was finally able to get to the
>cats at the National Geographic website,
>Hit search more features, then 1997 features, then search for cats.
>loaded with superb drawings and paintings by Mauricio Anton.
>I was delighted to find an animated(!) diagram by Anton of just
>the retractable claw of a cat works. Those of you interested in the
>discussions about dromaeosaur claws might want to check this out. Lots
>great sabertooth drawings and paintings as well.
I had been looking at a cat skeleton, engrossed in the details of the
foot, and trying to remember the details of when my graduate mammology
lab dissected one, when you mentioned this! Thanks! I think this will
help people visualize how complex , yet elegant, the soft tissues that
work a cat's claws are and how perhaps a dromaeosaur's foot could have
been similar. Why not have a sheathed claw, even if the toes were not
padded? Why not have canine or felid type padding anyway? Certainly the
form of a hadrosaur foot was only guessed at before a mummified hadrosaur
was found with feet intact.
Education Associate, Virginia Living Museum
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