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Re: solnhofen



Then, only the third digit of maniraptorans retained the ability to 'grasp' and
it was helped by the opposable thumb.

Dinogeorge@aol.com wrote:

> In a message dated 5/1/01 7:10:58 PM EST, Danvarner@aol.com writes:
>
> << I just want to note that my dictionary (Webster's) says nothing about
>  opposing digits in its definition of "grasp". Hooks will work just fine
> here,
>  thank you. Let's not have a parse-fest here. DV >>
>
> There >is< a difference between "grasping" and "grappling," which is what I
> would describe as the function of the maniraptoran hand. Some ceratosaurs,
> such as Dilophosaurus, retained the ability to grasp, by the way (Sam Welles,
> pers. comm.).

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