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Well, supposedly not all the Deinonychus specimens had a super large claw
there- in fact, to my knowledge only one did, so it may have had a display
function (among others).  Sexual dimorphism? 

>       I also doubt that the foot claws were the main weapons, what
> with those large forelimbs and a mouth full of serrated recurved
> teeth. However those highly specialised toes must have had a purpose,
> unless they were just for show. 
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