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RE: Claws on deinonychosaurs

Argh! Somebody please explain to me (not done in the original
description by Maxwell and Ostrom) how multiple predators/scavengers on
a carcass suddenly fall over dead! (and please don't say volcanic ash
because they aren't buried in ash, nor is there evidence for poison gas,
blah, blah). The specimens in question (Deinonychus and Tenontosaurus)
are mostly disarticulated so their association may be incidental). Some
facts, please, rather than unsubstantiated speculation (this is NOT a
criticism directed at Mickey, but my colleagues who make such

Kenneth Carpenter, Ph.D.
Curator of Lower Vertebrate Paleontology/
Chief Preparator
Department of Earth Sciences
Denver Museum of Nature & Science
2001 Colorado Blvd.
Denver, CO 80205
Phone: 303-370-6392
Fax: 303-331-6492
for PDFs of some of my publications, as well as information of the Cedar
Mountain Project: 

-----Original Message-----
From: owner-dinosaur@usc.edu [mailto:owner-dinosaur@usc.edu] On Behalf
Of Michael Mortimer
Sent: Monday, October 31, 2005 1:21 PM
To: dinosaur@usc.edu
Subject: Re: Claws on deinonychosaurs

Jorge Dichenberg wrote-

>Seroiusly, the only reason why Deinonychus etc. were
>thought to be predators of large animals was that
>sickle claws were interpreted as particulary good
>slashing weapon. Now there is little reason to claim
>that they were efficent big-game predators. For this,
>go to carnosaurs.

Actually, it was because Deinonychus remains were associated with 
Tenontosaurus skeletons.  It's always possible they were scavenging, of 

Mickey Mortimer