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Re: Microraptor claws, anyone?
From: Ben Creisler
OK....I truly hestitate to suggest this paper given the authors and
identification of the digits as III and IV, but the following paper has a
somewhat blurry UV photo of manual claws on digits II and III of Microraptor
(specimen not identified) with the sheaths visible. Not ideal by a long shot,
but a start....
David A. Burnham, Alan Feduccia, Larry D. Martin & Amanda R. Falk (2011)
Tree climbing – a fundamental avian adaptation.
Journal of Systematic Palaeontology 9(1): 103-107
>From Greg Paul:
Am looking for high resolution photo images of Microraptor claws that
include the complete keration sheath intact to the very tip (bony cores alone
useless). Specifically toe claws 3 and 4 (don't need 2), and finger claw 2
(assuming as all good and decent Americans do that the thumb is 1). Could
use images of the type feet. Already have LPM 0159 & LPM 0200. And the 2002
AMNH Novitates paper which is useless in this regard.