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RE: Deinocheirus (was Sauropodz r kewl WAS: silly conversation on 2012 US presidential race)
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> On Behalf Of Tim Williams
> _Deinocheirus_ did indeed have fearsome-looking hands. But I
> do wonder what it used its fearsome-looking hands for - given
> that _Deinocheirus_ may not have been a predator.
Having held the claws (well, casts) of Deinocheirus, they are bigass, but they
aren't really fearsome. Now a Torvosaurus or
spinosaurid or megaraptoran claw: THOSE are scary nasty!
That said, I would say that Deinocheirus used its claws pretty much just like
Megatherium did. Which is avoiding the question,
because we honestly don't know.
(I'm quite fond of making the therizinosaur-ground sloth analogy, and before me
Russell & Russell did the therizinosaur-chalicothere
analogy. Hard to disprove, as we can't directly observe the behavior of either
member of the pair... :-S)
Thomas R. Holtz, Jr.
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