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RE: Claw function in Deinonychus



My mistake. I was thinking about it from memory, which aparently needs a refresh.


> From: owner-dinosaur@usc.edu [mailto:owner-dinosaur@usc.edu]On Behalf Of
> Brian Baziak
>
> >And we have a Velociraptor gutting a Protoceratops. What more do they need?
>
> Just a quick observation, but the claw is stuck in the gut of the
> Protoceratops, so it's hard to say if it was just digging in as recently
> suggested, or didn't have enough room to give a good kick and so couldn't
> complete the cut.


It is NOT in the gut: it is in the neck! See Ken Carpenter's paper in Gaia or my chapter in Predator-Prey Interactions in the Fossil
Record.


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