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VELOCIRAPTOR


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FAST FACTS

PERIOD: EARLY CRETACEOUS
LENGTH: UP TO 2 M
WEIGHT: UP TO 15 KG

How do you say it?

veh-loss-ih-RAP-tor

Discovery:

When: 1924
Where: Gobi Desert
By Who: Henry Fairfield Osborn
 

Fun Facts 

Velociraptor had sharp, curved claws on their second toes, which is common to all dromaeosaurids.

Velociraptor probably exhibited predatory behavior, as well as scavenging behavior.

Velociraptor most likely had at least some feathers, and may have been covered in them.


Hollywood

As most of us know, Hollywood movies often take "liberties" with their subjects and characters to "enhance" the plot. This often results in exaggerations, inaccuracies, or outright errors. As every paleontologist will tell you, this is certainly the case with dinosaur-themed movies. 

For example, the sizes of dinosaurs are often exaggerated. Velociraptor, for example, is no bigger than a turkey- hardly the man-eating terror portrayed in Jurassic Park. "Velociraptor" in that movie is much closer in size to Deinonychus or Utahraptor

Sometimes dinosaurs are given new features: as far as we can tell, Dilophosaurus did not have a colorful frill around its neck, nor did it spit poison, as was portrayed in Jurassic Park. Dilophosaurus was also much bigger than the menacing little dinosaur portrayed in the film.

Sometimes, though, inaccuracies in the movies are completely inadvertent. Some of the dinosaurs in Jurassic Park, including Velociraptor, were covered in feathers - a fact was learned only after the movie was released. 

They aren't so scary when they look like angry turkeys!