The power of the claw.

Title

The power of the claw.

Creator

Rothschild Bruce M; Bryant Bill; Hubbard Christopher; Tuxhorn Kent; Kilgore Ginny Penn; Martin Larry; Naples Virginia

Publisher

PloS one

Date

2013
1905-07

Description

Scratches on bones have routinely been attributed to tooth marks (a predominantly untested speculation), ignoring the effects of claws, perhaps because of the general assumption that claws are too soft to damage bone. However, some pathologies appears to be more compatible with claw rather than tooth impacts. Therefore, it is critical to determine if the claws of any animal are capable of scratching into the surface of any bone–a test and proof of concept. A tiger enrichment program was used to document actual bone damage unequivocally caused by claws, by assuring that the tiger had access to bones only by using its paws (claws). The spectrum of mechanisms causing bone damage was expanded by evidentiary analysis of claw-induced pathology. While static studies suggested that nails/claws could not disrupt bone, specific tiger enrichment activities documented that bones were susceptible to damage from the kinetic energy effect of the striking claw. This documents an expanded differential consideration for scratch marks on bone and evidences the power of the claw.

Subject

Animals; Biomechanical Phenomena; Feeding Behavior; *Hoof and Claw; *Mechanical Phenomena; Femur/injuries; Predatory Behavior; Ruminants; Tigers

Rights

Article information provided for research and reference use only. All rights are retained by the journal listed under publisher and/or the creator(s).

Pages

e73811–e73811

Issue

9

Volume

8

Citation

Rothschild Bruce M; Bryant Bill; Hubbard Christopher; Tuxhorn Kent; Kilgore Ginny Penn; Martin Larry; Naples Virginia, “The power of the claw.,” NEOMED Bibliography Database, accessed April 21, 2021, https://neomed.omeka.net/items/show/4945.

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