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Re: Evidence For a Feathered Velociraptor...
I would also note that concerns about damage to elongated ulna remiges may
be a red herring, since aerodynamically functional feathers on the arms of
an animal such as Velociraptor could have helped it do battle with its
feet while keeping its arms *away* from struggling prey. In battle and in
prey aquistion, birds will use their wings to bring the hind limbs higher
so that the feet will make contact first.
Indeed - t'is a remarkable coincidence that some of the most bird-like of
non-avians also just happened to have a rather nasty claw on their foot.
It's almost as if there was a shift away from the 'front end only' predation
techniques of other theropods (which might eventually have culminated in
large, big-headed theropods with reduced forelimbs), towards a 'use my feet
to keep things away from my lovely forelimb fans' approach. :)
The above description brings to mind a creature that could exert enough lift
with its forelimbs in order to bring its head and chest up and out of the
way, long enough to execute a few piercing stabs with the feet
(cassowary-style). Of course you'd probably want some sort of reinforcing
armour on the belly like kangaroos have (mmm... extensive gastralia might do
the trick), and a good stiff tail with plenty of mobility at the base might
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