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Re: The uses of sickle claws
Thomas R. Holtz, Jr. wrote:
> At 06:35 PM 9/18/97 -0700, Sankarah wrote:
> >Just a few thoughts that occurred to me whilst pondering sabretoothed
> >cats (and, uh, whatever):
> >Some on this list have brought up the hypothesis that sabretooths used
> >their impressive teeth to tear out a prey animal's throat; I was
> >wondering, why couldn't a dromy do the same thing?
> They did.
> This is where the foot claw of the _Velociraptor_ in the "fighting
> dinosaurs" pair is placed: within the throat of the _Protoceratops_.
> Thomas R. Holtz, Jr.
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Could this behaviour even have been the impetus for the
later ceratopsians developing horns? It seems that there is a
concentration of armourment at the front end of ceratopsians,
whereas many other dino herbivores seem to have favoured the
tail or hind quaters for active defence (stegos, shunosaurs,