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Re: Fingers crossed



In response to my original inquiry, Jamie Headden wrote:

< Once that animal died, and decomposed, the ligaments would have gone, and
the metacarpal, which as otherwise connected, would have been free to shift
about in relation to the rest of the hand.>

If the hand bones simply "shifted about" after death, the final position of
the fingers would be random across a preserved population.  That does not seem
to be the case.  The same fingers, II and II, are crossed in generally in the
same position.

<The same structure, incidentally, is seen in dromaeosaurs, *Ornitholestes*,
oviraptorosaurus as well.>>

All the more curious.