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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
> > 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).
> Ah yes, as a reader of Naish's Tetrapod Zoology I should've
> remembered all the different birds that have spurs and clubs
> on their limbs. Not to mention that Hoatzin chicks can grasp
> branchs with their clawed and feathered hands.
Not only that: even spurless ones clobber each other with wings. Birds are a
lot less fragile than people seem to think.
Thomas R. Holtz, Jr.
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