Velociraptor used its “killing claws” to climb trees, not disembowel its prey

London, September 11 (ANI): In a new research, palaeontologists have found that the prehistoric Velociraptor used its so-called “killing claws” to cling to prey and climb trees, not for disemboweling its victims.

According to a report in New Scientist, Phil Manning of the University of Manchester, UK, and colleagues carried out the research.

Manning and his colleagues previously showed that Velociraptor’s sharp-tipped foot claw could puncture skin and help the dinosaur cling to wounded prey but was not sharp enough to rip the skin open.

Now, an analysis of the biomechanics of the hand claw suggests it could have supported the dinosaur’s weight when it was climbing.

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