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Re: Dromaeosaur climbing & propulsive abilities (was Re: Jurassic Park 4 Script Review)
Yeah, they do - don't have a ref for it yet though...would love to get a
ref for it.
Sure, they could get up in trees, just like goats can, but they aren't
built to habitually utilize arboreal perches in their prey aquisition.
Hold on, goats can climb trees?! Mountain edges & cliffs are one thing,
Fair bit of work has been done on kangaroo locomotion - eg my supervisors
work on tree kangaroos
I'm not clear what you mean here. When you say "leaping after prey" do
you mean leaping off the ground in pursuit of terrestrial prey? If so,
why is this better than just simply running after the prey (i.e., the
Has anyone done any comparisons between dromaeosaur hindlimbs & kangaroos,
the qunitessential 'hoppers' of our day? Besides launching from trees or a
running start, hopping/leaping is the next logical precursor to wanting to
increase hangtime. Which brings me back to my first point on spring-loaded
toe claws. Given that they're pretty round in cross section and less made
for slicing, it may be a possibility that may have used them to sort of
anchor, then using the spring loaded action(lol, G.I. Joe) used them to
slingshot themselves forward. Only they couldn't do this on rocks. They
could off a branch though. . .
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