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Re: Alvarezsaur spurs (was Re: dino-lice)
Dann Pigdon <email@example.com> wrote:
> Sure - but that would require specialised claws and digging physiology, which
> would make it more
> difficult to run from danger. At the moment the aardwolf is specialised
> enough to be able to subsist
> largely on termites, but not so specialised that it can't run like the
> clappers when it needs to.
> Whereas the aardvark doesn't have the luxury of speed to escape danger. The
> even more
> specialised giant anteater is slower yet again.
All true. Nevertheless, the giant anteater can use its massive
foreclaws as a weapon when confronted, typically by adopting a
bipedal/tripodal posture. Jaguars are known to fall afoul of an
To return to dinosaurs, this is how I imagine therizinosaurs used
their foreclaws. If you can't be fast, be formidable.