SolidWorks have a touch of that Jurassic World fever that's been going around!
Anyone who jumped out of a theatre seat while watching the original Jurassic Park movie knows that velociraptors were formidable predators. Luckily for us they lived 75 to 71 million years ago, so the chances of you bumping into one except on Isla Nublar is low. But have you ever wondered how formidable those claws on their hind legs were? Well, thanks to analysis with SolidWorks products, you need not wonder any longer!
The researchers’ conclusions were intriguing … though not very comforting: “We speculate that a ratchet-like ”locking” ligament might have provided an energy-efficient way for dromaeosaurs to hook their recurved…claws into their prey, using body weight to lock the claws passively and allowing the jaws to dispatch prey.”
The team’s analysis also demonstrated that velociraptors would have been able to support their full weight from their claws. In other words, climbing a tree to get away won’t help you!