Yep, you read it, a new Dromaeosaur "Baldaur bondac" has 2 sickle claws on each foot.
The sturdily built skeleton of Baldaur bondoc is unlike that of other known dromaeosaurs in a number of features.
The hand shows extensive fusion of bones in the wrist and hand. There are only two functional fingers, unlike the three-fingered grasping hand in related species.
The foot retains an enlarged, functional first toe, unlike the greatly reduced digit in most predatory dinosaurs. This toe is very similar in size and shape to the second one, which, as in other dromaeosaurs, carries a much enlarged, sickle-shaped claw that had a large arc of motion.
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The game is available to purchase for a wide variety of mobile phones for $4.99 on Gameloft's website. You can also watch the trailer here.
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Date: Monday, August 9, 2010 - 20:54 PM (Eastern Time)
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Croc with mammal-like features
Date: Saturday, August 7, 2010 - 14:25 PM (Eastern Time)
NatGeo news Posted news on this newly described Crocodile relative:
Some dinosaurs, a new study suggests, knew very different crocs from today's reptiles—including a newfound fossil crocodile that might seem to have been designed by committee..Living among dinosaurs, the fossil crocodile—technically a crocodyliform—was also lankier and had fewer of the bony plates that armor modern crocodiles.
And unlike in modern crocodiles—which have nostrils positioned on the tops of their heads, for breathing while swimming—the nose of Pakasuchus was located at the tip of its snout, canine style.
You can read the full article here For more of this find that NO one expected!