a meat-eating dromaeosaurid theropod dinosaur from the Late Cretaceous of Mongolia.
Synonyms: Ovoraptor djadochtari
(Swift Plunderer of Mongolia)
is derived from the Latin "velocis" (swift) and "raptor" (plunderer).
The species epithet
, 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
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.
: Late Cretaceous
: 86-71 mya
Est. max. length
: 1.8 meters
Est. max. hip height
: 0.5 meters
Est. max. weight
: 18 Kg
• 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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