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VELOCIRAPTOR

a meat-eating dromaeosaurid theropod dinosaur from the Late Cretaceous of Mongolia.
velociraptor
Pronunciation: veh-LOH-sih-RAP-tor
Meaning: Swift plunderer
Author/s: Osborn (1924)
Synonyms: Ovoraptor djadochtari
First Discovery: Ömnögovi, Mongolia
Chart Position: 113

Velociraptor mongoliensis

(Swift Plunderer of Mongolia) Etymology
Velociraptor is derived from the Latin "velocis" (swift) and "raptor" (plunderer).
The species epithet, mongoliensis, is a nod to the area of discovery - Mongolia.
Before Henry Fairfield Osborn named Velociraptor he mentioned the animal in a popular press article under the name "Ovoraptor djadochtari". However, this name lacked a formal description so Velociraptor has priority.
Discovery
The first fossils of Velociraptor were discovered in the "Flaming Cliffs" (aka Bayn Dzak and Shabarakh Usu), the Djadochta (aka Djadokta) Formation, Ömnögovi, by Peter Kaisen during an American Museum of Natural History expedition to the Outer Mongolian Gobi Desert on 11 August 1923. The holotype (AMNH 6515) is a crushed skull and a single claw from its toe.
Estimations
Timeline:
Era: Mesozoic
Epoch: Late Cretaceous
Stage: Campanian
Age range: 86-71 mya
Stats:
Est. max. length: 1.8 meters
Est. max. hip height: 0.5 meters
Est. max. weight: 18 Kg
Diet: Carnivore
References
• Henry Fairfield Osborn (November 7, 1924) "Three new Theropoda, Protoceratops zone, central Mongolia". American Museum novitates.
• Mark A. Norell and Peter J.Makovicky (2004) "The Dinosauria: Second Edition".
• P. Godefroit, P.J. Currie, H. Li, C.Y. Shang, Z. Dong (2008) "A new species of Velociraptor (Dinosauria: Dromaeosauridae) from the Upper Cretaceous of northern China".
• Turner A.H, Makovicky P.J and Norell M.A. (2007) "Feather quill knobs in the dinosaur Velociraptor".
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To cite this page:
Atkinson, L. "VELOCIRAPTOR :: from DinoChecker's dinosaur archive".
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