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Scientific Classification
  Kingdom Animalia
  Phylum Chordata
  Class Sauropsida
  Superorder Dinosauria
  Order Saurischia
  Suborder Theropoda
  (unranked) Coelurosauria
  Infraorder Deinonychosauria
  Family Dromaeosauridae
  Genus Velociraptor
Velociraptor was a carnivore (meat-eater) that lived in the late Cretaceous period, about 84 to 80 million years ago. Fossils have so far been found in Mongolia and China.

Velociraptor was about 6 feet (1.8 meters) long, and about 3 feet (0.9 meters) high.

Velociraptor was a predator that probably hunted in packs. Its most formidable weapon was the curved claws on its hind feet. Its name, chosen by Henry Fairfield Osborn in 1924 means "swift thief".

Movie goers will remember that Velociraptors featured heavily in the Jurassic Park movies. In the movies, Velociraptors were as large, if not slightly larger, than humans, and also highly intelligent - however these two aspects of the creature were probably exaggerated:
  • To be fair, we don't actually know exactly how smart Velociraptor would have been - and it was probably smart for a dinosaur - but it seems unlikely to have been as smart as a whale, dolphin or primate (as Sam Neill's character claims in Jurassic Park III).

  • As far size is concerned, the Velociraptors seemed to be modelled after Deinonychus (which has sometimes been known as Velociraptor antirrhopus), which is actually a close relative of Velociraptor. This fits, because in the Jurassic Park novel, a character states that Deinonychus is now considered to be one the Velociraptors. Additionally, this explanation fits because in the story fossils of the animal are found in Montana, which was actually part of Deinonychus' (but not Velociraptor's) range.
One other interesting fact about Velociraptor, is that is now believed to have been entirely covered in feathers, and had a warm-blooded bird-like metabolism. Of course most depictions of Velociraptor don't show it this way (in the Jurassic Park movies, it is show as having a scaled skin, although by the third movie there are a few feathers on its head and neck).


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Velociraptor was a carnivore (meat-eater) that lived from 84 to 80 million years ago

Velociraptor was a carnivore (meat-eater) that lived from 84 to 80 million years ago

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Here is a summary of some of the key facts about Velociraptor:
  1. Velociraptor was a genus of dinosaur.

  2. "Velociraptor" means "swift thief". This name was chosen by Henry Fairfield Osborn in 1924.

  3. Velociraptor was a member of the Saurischia ("lizard-hipped") order of dinosaurs. What this means, is that although Velociraptor was not closely related to lizards, it did have similarly shaped pelvic bones.

  4. Velociraptor was a Theropod - a member of a group of related bipedal dinosaurs that included the ancestors of birds (although Velociraptor was not itself an ancestor of birds).

  5. Velociraptor lived between about 84 million years ago and 80 million years ago, during the late Cretaceous period.

  6. Velociraptor lived in China and Mongolia.

  7. Velociraptor was a carnivore (meat-eater).

  8. Velociraptor was about 6 feet (1.8 meters) long, and about 3 feet (0.9 meters) tall.

  9. Velociraptor weighed about 20 to 30 pounds (9 to 14 kilograms).

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