Velociraptor is a genus of dromaeosaurid theropod dinosaur that lived approximately 75 to 71 million years ago during the later part of the Cretaceous Period.

Velociraptor was a mid-sized dromaeosaurid, with adults measuring up to 2.07 m (6.8 ft) long, 0.5 m (1.6 ft) high at the hip, and weighing up to 15 kg (33 lb). The skull, which grew up to 25 cm (10 in) long, was uniquely up-curved, concave on the upper surface and convex on the lower. The jaws were lined with 26–28 widely spaced teeth on each side, each more strongly serrated on the back edge than the front.

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  • Pronounced: vel-OSS-ee-rap-tor
  • Meaning of name: quick plunderer
  • Length: 1.8m
  • Weight: 7kg – 15kg
  • Teeth: lots of sharp, pointed teeth
  • Diet: carnivorous
  • Food: other animals
  • How it moved: on 2 legs
  • When it lived: Late Cretaceous
    (84 – 80 million years ago)
  • Found in: Mongolia

Taxonomic details

  • Taxonomy: Dinosauria, Saurischia, Theropoda, Neotherapoda, Tetanurae, Avetherapoda, Coelurosauria, Tyrannoraptora, Maniraptoriformes, Maniraptora, Paraves, Eumaniraptora, Dromaeosauridae, Velociraptor
  • Named by: Osborn (1924)
  • Type species: mongoliensis