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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 Robert Schenck
>e know how feathered their hands were; if they have
> feathers coming off the fingers that might've made using them
> as defense less likely. But you have to think, any animal is
> going to do whatever it can to defend itself.
No, we do not know how feathered the hands of therizinosaurs or
ornithomimosaurs were, although we have oviraptorosaurs.
But why would being feathered make them less used in defense? Even volant birds
can be pretty violent in clubbing each other or
predators with wings, and those are animals that use those forelimbs to fly
(unlike the dinosaurs in question here).