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Re: snap-action predation
Michael Lovejoy wrote-
> More importantly, if Cryptovolans swung it's arms/hand forward in a
> predatory strike, what did it do about the massive array of primary flight
> feathers sticking out from it's fingers and hands?
Just thought I'd quickly answer this. In the Ostrom Symposium volume,
Gishlick (2001) showed through a detailed biomechanical analysis that
Deinonychus could have used its hands in the "predatory stroke" without
damaging primaries. They projected perpendicular to the palms, so did not
interfere. I strongly recommend the paper.