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Re: So-called sickle claws

In the message you wrote 1-OCT-1997  00:59 you compared talons of raptors to 
dromaeosaur claws.  I don't really think that was a real good comparison 
because raptors' talons are used for grasping and holding prey, not cutting 
or slashing like I've been saying about dromies.  It's probably worthless to 
argue about my ideas because the truth will probably never be known, unless by 
some strange occurence the sheath was fossilized and found.  I'm just going 
by some reproductions I've seen of the claw with the sheath.  In these the 
sheath has lots of grooves in it.  
       I'm definitely no expert on dromies (yet)
   Larry "Raptor" Akins