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RE: Climbing dromaeosaurs?
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> From: Y Dienyddiwr Da [SMTP:email@example.com]
> Sent: Friday, December 11, 1998 2:26 PM
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> Subject: Re: Climbing dromaeosaurs?
> I don't think its very efficient , if it was the
> case, the Dinosaur would have more claws like
> you said , and its for limbs would have to be structered a little
> differently (ever climb a tree
> with just your legs?), A single , sharp, curved, claw (very typically)
> to me would be used as a weapon of defence and/or hunting, it could also
> may have been used to crack open eggs or dig up
> the ground to stash its food (like the Fox that
> live around here) but I personally doutb its use
> as a climbing device.
> Alexander E. Stevens
The claw of Dromaeosaurs doesn't look like a climbing design to me.
It might be
good for getting the animal STUCK partway up the tree, but for
I doubt it. Look at the claws of a tree sloth or the claws of a
cat, or the hands,
arms, AND tails of monkeys. The whole idea of climbing strategy is
retraction, not just the ability to hang on. And, I agree that
claws on the forelegs
would be more useful. Of course, some climbing animals have claws
on all 4 limbs,
but why only on the hindlimbs? I like the digging hypothesis. But
I suspect Drom-
aeosaur claws probably served multiple purposes (such as digging AND
attack). But, I don't think they were used for climbing. I'm open
to being convinced