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Re: Dromaeosaur hand feathers
After Darren Naish wrote...
>Onto some spin-off discussions, Ron has argued that maybe big,
>predatory dromaeosaurids did not have remiges, as these might
>have been fouled or broken in predatory strikes.
>Perhaps one solution is for the animal to fold the feathers back
>along the arm, so that they are not fanning around in a sort of
Or perhaps, as an alternative, the arms may have actually been covered with
scales. There are some snake-eating falconiforms (I forgot the species)
that have evolved thickly-scaled legs for protection from snake bites.
Perhaps arm scales could have served a similar protective function.
Raymond Thaddeus C. Ancog
Mines and Geosciences Bureau