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Humor: the Uses of Sickle Claws



Looking over a book on extant mammals, I came across a close-up photo of
the long hind claw of the short-nosed echidna of Australia.  This
egg-laying terrestrial animal uses its very long, sharp hindleg claw "to
reach among its sharp spines and groom itself."  It therefore would seem
most parsimonious to assume that the dromaeosaurs were using their long,
sharp hindleg claws to reach among their feathers and groom themselves.

Ralph Miller III <gbabcock@best.com>

"Continue not this thread; methinks its length is excessive as is."