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Re: Claws on deinonychosaurs
On Wed, 26 Oct 2005, Andrew Simpson wrote:
Killing. Specifically throats.
Killing by Gutting.
Grasping then using hands and teeth.
Display: Flashing it as a warning.
Rip up a dead dino that has no wounds.
Rip open wounds to slowly kill large preditors from
bleeding to death.
Rip open wounds, not to kill but to get a snack from a
living animal. Like a cookie cutter shark does to a
Rip open a wound so larger preditors, smelling the
blood, will come and kill for them.
That's all I can think of off the top of my head. Any
more to ad to the list?
I can't write anymore. My carpel is screaming.
I doubt grooming would be a use (altho in this case, maybe it
would be scratchin).
If the claw is bigger on males, then it's perhaps sexual selection