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Re: Claw function in Deinonychus

This is not to criticise any of the allometry done on
this thread, as it has been informative and
entertaining. However, were I a gazillionaire paying
y'all to do this, I might want to see mass estimates
obtained from femoral length and width... then compare
those to available claw material. Sigh. I'll get back
with you when I get the money.

--- Michael Mortimer <mickey_mortimer111@msn.com>

> Jaime A. Headden wrote-
> ><As total length is uncertain for all except a few
> complete dromaeosaur
> >specimens, perhaps a comparison of ungual length to
> another element's 
> >length
> >would be less prone to error.>
> >
> >   While this is certainly true, as noted in the
> last posts by Mike Habib 
> >and
> >myself, there is a signal albeit a weak one, based
> on the specimens 
> >involved
> >in. The reason I used body length is that it may
> more accurately capture 
> >mass
> >estimation and thus applicable to the hypothesis of
> weight-bearing pursued 
> >in
> >the thread. The use of other elements must bear
> directly on this issue for
> >utility, or apply in a way to demonstrate
> functional applications.
> I figure total length estimates can be very biased
> by varying tail length 
> (which wouldn't affect mass much).  For instance,
> Deinonychus and 
> Microraptor both have tails about five times their
> femoral length, while 
> NGMC 91 has one ~3.6 times its femoral length.
> Mass estimates cube any linear errors made when
> calculating them, so are 
> even more fickle.
> ><Sinornithosaurus
> >  holotype- ungual 35, phalanx 15, femur 148>
> >
> >   Which ungual was this again? As in my previous
> posts, one projects 
> >certain
> >inconsistencies when measuring incomplete elements.
> The holotype pedal ungual II.  As detailed in Xu and
> Wang (2000), although 
> the ungual's distal tip is missing, it can be seen
> via CAT scan, and thus 
> its size is precisely known.
> Mickey Mortimer