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Re:Re: Jurassic Park 4 Script Review
>>> Tim Williams <firstname.lastname@example.org> 18/Aug/04 >>>
But, as Dann said, I don't
think there's any doubt that dromie claws were specialized for grasping and
Actually, there is a lot of doubt about that by dinosaur paleontologist. It is
a topic discussed in a new BBC dinosaur program currently under development.
Although we do not have the keratinous sheath, the overall morphology indicates
a lack of "razor-sharp" edge. The report of cassowaries disemboweling the prey
(cited by Ostrom) is not due to a slashing of the claw, but the ripping effect
of the bird's mass behind the claw. Little Velociraptor had little mass for a
Kenneth Carpenter, Ph.D.
Curator of Lower Vertebrate Paleontology &
Dept. of Earth Sciences
Denver Museum of Natural History
2001 Colorado Blvd.
Denver, CO 80205
For fun: http://dino.lm.com/artists/display.php?name=Kcarpenter