Velociraptor

Velociraptor

Pronunciation:
vel-OSS-ee-rap-tor
Name meaning:
'quick plunderer'
Velociraptor
Dinosaur description:
7kg, 1.8m-long
small theropod
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Diet:
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Country:
Mongolia
Period:
Late Cretaceous, 74-70 million years ago
Teeth:
lots of sharp, pointed teeth
How it moved:
on 2 legs
Food:
other animals

As portrayed in the Jurassic Park movies,Velociraptor was recreated at twice its actual size and closely modelled on Deinonychus. Though this was seen as unscientific at the time, soon after the first film was released, a dinosaur of the same type, Utahraptor, was discovered, even larger than the virtual Velociraptors.

 

Velociraptor is now thought to have had a fine feather-like covering.

Velociraptor milieu

Taxonomic details

Taxonomy:
Dinosauria, Saurischia, Theropoda, Neotheropoda, Tetanurae, Avetheropoda, Coelurosauria, Tyrannoraptora, Maniraptoriformes, Maniraptora, Paraves, Eumaniraptora, Dromaeosauridae
Named by:
Osborn (1924)
Type species:
mongoliensis
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