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Re: Theropod hands (was Re: dromaeosaurid intelligence)

----- Original Message -----
From: David Marjanovic <david.marjanovic@gmx.at>
To: The Dinosaur Mailing List <dinosaur@usc.edu>
Sent: Tuesday, May 22, 2001 11:35 PM
Subject: Theropod hands (was Re: dromaeosaurid intelligence)

> > Let alone having hands constructed so they would have been able to open
> them. If we were pushed to >really<
> > portray them as intelligent as chimps(which is beyond laughable), we'd
> have to make them use the jaws to open the doors instead of those
> sideway-motion, wing-like folding hooks they had for hands.
> Don't you think they might have accomplished that with their ~opposable
> thumbs?

--- I wonder... What kind of movements were raptors and troodons able to do
with their grasping hands?
     Did they have strength in their hands?
      Can we find an answer studying fossiles?
> BTW, letting Monty Python do a JP is a very good idea!
--- Yeah, or a good underground studio, HI!!!
                                      Luc J. "Aspidel" BAILLY