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RE: Claw function in Deinonychus
Tim Williams wrote-
Note that in the largest-bodied taxa, the claw seems to be larger
Hmmm.. are you sure? I seem to recall that the sickle-claw of
_Achillobator_ was proportionately quite small - compared to _Deinonychus_
Achillobator's ungual seems to be manual (Senter et al., 2004), as I had
listed as a possibility back in 2000
(http://dml.cmnh.org/2000Oct/msg00476.html). Same with Unenlagia?
paynemili's, by the way. Which makes Makovicky et al.'s claim it was nearly
identical to Neuquenraptor's pedal ungual pretty laughable.