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Re: Re.:Deinonychus critique ? A COUPLE OF COMMENTS...
Wow! I didn't know any potential dromeosaur tracks had been found. Is
there a place on the Net with pictures of them?
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Subject: Re.:Deinonychus critique ? A COUPLE OF COMMENTS...
> In Donald Edward Rodenbaugh's nice drawing of a Deinonychus, there is
> something in the reconstruction of pedal digit II (which holds the
> claw') that, IMO, needs changing: As presented, one gets the impression
> that digit II has only ONE phalanx and then the ungual phalanx. In reality
> there are TWO phalanges, plus the ungual phalanx, because the phanangeal
> counts of digits I through IV, respectively, are 1,2,3,and 4, not counting
> an ungual phalanx.
> This reconstruction shortcoming (pun intended) yields an apparent
> awkwardness to digit II, making it look as though the metatarsal
> with phalanx II, instead of with phalanx I, which seems nonexistent.
> The result is that the 'terrible claw' sits entirely too far back and
> rotated a bit too high.
> One further thought: If the seven Early Cretaceous tracks I have found
> here in Maryland and attribute to a dromeosaurid (very possibly
> have been correctly attributed, then the narrow spacing that seems to
> between digits II and IV in Donald's reconstruction might better be
> There has been a tendency by many artists to illustrate Deinonychus'
> III and IV positioned very like those one sees in an Ostrich, but the
> I find here pretty well convince me that such a reconstruction is
> substantially in error.
> For what it's worth,
> Ray Stanford
> "You know my method. It is founded upon the observance of trifles." --
> Sherlock Holmes in The Boscombe Valley Mystery