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Raptor Facts

The Dinosaur name Velociraptor literally means 'swift thief' or 'swift plunderer' and Raptors lived about 75 to 71 million years ago during the Cretaceous Period.

Fossils of this species have been discovered in both Inner and Outer Mongolia in central Asia.

The swan-sized Raptor was a bipedal (stood on two legs), feathered carnivore with a long, stiffened tail and a large sharp claw on each foot, which is believed to have been used to kill its prey. Velociraptors had a long and low skull, with an upturned snout.

Velociraptors sot to fame in the 90s with their Hollywood role in the children's favourite, Jurassic Park. The film sensationlised the Raptor and as films go, the likeness was not entirely accurate. for example in Jurassic Park the Raptors were much larger on screen than their fossils reveal. They also had feathers which were missing from the film.

Raptor fossils found have shed light on the Raptors behavour and include a fantastic fossil which is a famous specimen that preserves a Velociraptor locked in combat with a Protoceratops.

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