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Re: New Deinocheirus specimens found, indicating basal ornithomimosaur

On Wed, Nov 06, 2013 at 02:04:12PM -0700, Richard W. Travsky wrote:
> On 11/6/2013 9:07 AM, Ruben Safir wrote:
> >On Wed, Nov 06, 2013 at 04:04:29PM +0000, evelyn sobielski wrote:
> >>Would the claws (and arm muscles) be suitable to uprooting and
> >>breaking open cycad trunks or similar plants? IIRC the tricipital
> >>attachment scar should be large and quite rugose in such a case.
> >>The claws at least of advanced therizinosaurs don't seem well
> >>suited for such foraging activity (too long and compressed, better
> >>for shearing off foliage), and as regards non-dinosaurian
> >>competitors in such a niche there were few if any at that time.
> >>
> >
> >
> >Ants?
> Really big ones. Bite your head off.
> Those claws reminded me of an existing animal, and then finally
> realized what - something like a Giant Anteater. Rip apart bark,
> or mounds of dirt. I'm curious what sort of wear the claws show.

So then you agree.  I was thinking more like a speckled bear, but ...

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