The distinctive claw, on the second digit of dromaeosaurids, has traditionally been depicted as a slashing weapon; its assumed use being to cut and disembowel prey. In the "Fighting Dinosaurs" specimen, the Velociraptor lies underneath, with one of its sickle claws apparently embedded in the throat of its prey, while the beak of Protoceratops is clamped down upon the right forelimb of its attacker. This suggests Velociraptor may have used its sickle claw to pierce vital organs of the throat, such as the jugular vein, carotid artery, or trachea (windpipe), rather than slashing the abdomen. The inside edge of the claw was rounded and not unusually sharp, which may have precluded any sort of cutting or slashing action, although only the bony core of the claw is preserved. The thick abdominal wall of skin and muscle of large prey species would have been difficult to slash without a specialized cutting surface. The slashing hypothesis was tested during a 2005 BBC documentary, The Truth About Killer Dinosaurs. The producers of the program created an artificial Velociraptor leg with a sickle claw and used a pork belly to simulate the dinosaur's prey. Though the sickle claw did penetrate the abdominal wall, it was unable to tear it open, indicating that the claw was not used to disembowel prey.
"I have but one lamp by which my feet are guided, and that is the lamp of experience. I know no way of judging of the future but by the past." Patrick Henry 1775
Let them eat cheap Ice Cream! The former queen of San Francisco
"There's a sucker born every minute." Phineas Taylor Barnum
I’ve lived in Florida almost my entire life and I’ve never had any close encounters with gators, cassowaries, poisonous snakes, barracudas, sharks or inner-city thugs. I guess I’ve been lucky.
Seriously? Do you ever leave the house? I've never seen cassowaries, but I'll see a gator every couple of months at least, poisonous snakes at least once a year(ring neck, rat snakes and black racers monthly)... never ran across a barracuda in FL, but fishing in CA... had a small shark approach me while snorkeling and another while fishing from a sandbar when I was younger and I see inner city thugs multiple times a day on my drive to work (tampa/ybor). I do live at the outskirts of a smaller town though...rural-ish (no pizza delivery or cable tv/internet)
I do try remain vigilant for 'Florida Man' and give him a wide berth when spotted.
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