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?
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?
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?
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.