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Velociraptor: Dinosaur Quick Facts


Velociraptor was a fast-running, two-legged dinosaur. This meat-eater had about 80 very sharp, curved teeth in a long, flat snout; some of the teeth were over an inch long. This predator had an s-shaped neck, arms with three-fingered clawed hands, long thin legs, and four-toed clawed feet. Velociraptor’s head was about 7 inches long.

The Velociraptor name

Meaning – Velociraptor means “speedy thief”
Named By – Henry F. Osborn
When Named -1924

What did the Velociraptor eat?

Carnivore (meat-eater)

How big was the Velociraptor?

Length – 5 to 6 feet long
Height – 3 ft tall at the hips
Weight – 15 to 33 pounds

When did the Velociraptor live?

Late Cretaceous period, about 85 – 80 million years ago

Where did the Velociraptor live?

Fossils have been found in Mongolia, Russia, and China.

Where have fossils from the Velociraptor been found?

What has been Found – About a dozen Velociraptor fossils have been found, including one who died in a battle to the death with Protoceratops and two hatchling Velociraptor skulls that were found near an oviraptorid nest in Mongolia.
Who Found the Fossils – Velociraptor was first found by H. F. Osborn.
Where – The first Velociraptor was found in Mongolia in 1924.

What is the classification of the Velociraptor?

Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Archosauria
Order Saurischia
Suborder Theropoda
Infraorder Coelurosauria
Superfamily Deinonychosauria
Family Velociraptorinae
Genus Velociraptor
Species V. mongoliensis

Interesting facts about the Velociraptor?

Velociraptor had a sharp, deadly, sickle-shaped, retractible, 3.5 inch long claw on each foot. Velociraptor may have been able to run up to roughly 40 mph for short bursts. This predator may have hunted in packs.