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Velociraptor: Now With Less Flesh-Tearing

By Matthew Yglesias on September 28, 2009 at 10:28 am

"Velociraptor: Now With Less Flesh-Tearing"

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Disappointing news from Brad Plumer:

[A] new study by Phil Manning of the University of Manchester has found that, sadly, no, the Velociraptor’s claws simply weren’t sharp enough to tear rip open dinosaur flesh. Instead, biomechanical analysis suggests the raptors used the claws to scale trees, from which they’d pounce down on other dinosaurs and cling tight with their sickle claws, biting and killing all the while. Sure, sounds cool, but another childhood myth down the drain…

Time for a Jurassic Park remake, with more up-to-date raptor action, I guess.

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