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Thoughts on Velociraptors and their feathers

From: Valerie
Sent on: Tuesday, July 30, 2013 4:07 PM
Creationists often pose the fallacious question, "what good is half a wing"?  

Consider that many birds like chickens have wings that aren't that efficient for distance flying, yet still help them gain a little ground.  ...And it's already been speculated that feathers could have served as ornamentation, especially for attracting mates.

But looking at a video of a rooster on the attack gave me some insight into how a Velociraptor might have used its feathers.  A rooster uses its wings to provide lift while kicking with its claws:


...and the Velociraptor was built for slashing with its claws.

Illustrators often portray the Velociraptor as using its hands extended on the attack, but I wonder if a more accurate portrayal would be half-buoyed in the air in a rear-claws forward attack?

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