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RE: Evidence For a Feathered Velociraptor...

Sorry, Hotmail spontaneously switched the default for my previous messages to 
rich text, just to piss me off.  Take two... 

Tom Holtz wrote:

> Depends on the orientation and length of the secondaries, mostly.
> Dromaeosaurid arm motions would be relative constrained, like birds, so as
> long as the feathers are oriented in such a way as not to bang up too much,
> they should be a problem. After all, some birds flap their arms rather fast
> and vigorously without the feathers getting in the way.

Good point.  What I had in mind was not so much the arm motions 
(flexion/folding or extension/reaching) but the 'business end' of the predatory 
stroke.  I agree that the feathers, if appropriately oriented, would not 
interfere with flexion (folding) or extension (reaching) of the forelimbs, even 
during rapid extension.  But when the predator grabs the prey with its hands, 
then those big long feathers could be broken or yanked out by struggling prey - 
especially the large struggling prey that _Velociraptor_ appears to have 



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