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Re: 11th specimen of Archaeopteryx
Another difference between Archaeopteryx (and Microraptor) and all modern
birds, one which makes their pedal morphology hard to compare directly, is
that the former had that sickle claw on the specialized second toe.
I know that a few authors have suggested that the claw could have functioned in
What do people think about the possibility that this could grasp branches,
perhaps serving as a sort of analog of a hallux?