Remember those sickle-shaped claws on the feet of Velociraptor that terrified visitors in the Jurassic Park movies? NewScientist1 reported a radically different theory about them. They weren’t for eviscerating their prey; they were for climbing trees. Phil Manning (Univ. of Manchester) previously showed they were insufficient for tearing dinosaur skin. Now he is suggesting the animals used the claws as hooks to climb up into the trees.
Not everyone is buying into the idea. A serious problem is that much heavier dinosaurs like Utahraptor also possessed the claws…..
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