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Re: Emus a Model for Dinosaurs?

At 14:57 2006-10-27, bucketfoot-al@justice.com wrote:
Well, since Emus technically probably ARE dinosaurs,
its not surprising.  What is surprising is that it took
someone this long to make the comparison, given than
large flightless birds are so strikingly similar to
Theropods (or simply a later version of the same).

Another Emu similarity - besides a generally nasty
disposition, they have a very dangerous enlarged
stabbing foot claw (straight, not curved) that they use
for defense, much as Raptorial dinosaurs evolved a
sickle-shaped claw for predatory purposes...

That is cassowaries not emus. Emus have shortish not very sharp claws and rarely kick except when males are fighting. As a matter of fact they are loosely gregarious outside the breeding season and can be kept at quite high densities when farmed.

Tommy Tyrberg