Threwout the earlier part of rabit’s amazin blogue, there was reference to his velociraptor, a strange creature, half bicycle and half rhinocerous, produced by the wonderful little Cambridge firm of Airnimal. I have now discoveried, by a curious quirk of Googlie, that there is a velociraptor of a different kind that is a wonder to behold. I still cannot figure out the point of it, but Toad’s philosophical observation re. Hume comes readily to mind. What would he have made of it? A hatstand?
This is apparently a bona-fido academic articule from the University of Toronto. The mind bogglies.
Abstract.—Raptor attacks in the wild can be difﬁcult to obser ve and impossible to manipulate in a repeatable manner. We have developed a bicycle-driven model raptor (‘‘Veloci-Raptor’’) to test prey responses to raptor attacks. Previous researchers have used wind-up toy birds or gravity-driven model raptors, which typically have low maximum velocities and often require cumbersome equipment. Our method’s combination of portability, ﬂexibility, and high maximum speed (19.4 m/s) make it superior to previous methods in many ﬁeld situations.
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