Velociraptor

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Velociraptor
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Scientific classification
Kingdom Information
Domain Eukaryota
Kingdom Animalia
Subkingdom Bilataria
Phylum Information
Superphylum Deuterostomia
Phylum Chordata
Sub-phylum Vertebrata
Infraphylum Gnathostomata
Class Information
Superclass Tetrapoda
Class Reptilia
Sub-class Diapsida
Infra-class Archosauromorpha
Order Information
Superorder Dinosauria
Order Saurischia
Sub-order Theropoda
Infraorder Deinonychosauria
Family Information
Family Dromaeosauridae
Genus Information
Genus Velociraptor
Species Information
Species V. mongoliensis
Population statistics
Conservation status Extinct

Velociraptor ("fast hunter") is the name for a small, fast-running, carnivorous dinosaur. Velociraptor was small for a dromaeosaurid, with adults measuring up to 1.8 meters (5.9 ft) long, 0.62 meters (2 ft) high at the hip, and weighing 20 kilograms (45 lb)[1] The velociraptor is now extinct.

According to young-Earth creationists, the velociraptor was created on the sixth creation day (approximately 6000 B.C.)[2][3] and became extinct sometime in the last 4,350 years since the Flood.

Evolutionists believe that the velociraptor existed between 99 and 65 million years ago, in the late Cretaceous.[4]

The first Velociraptor fossil was found in Mongolia in the 1920s by an American Museum of Natural History expedition, and a number of fossils have been found since then in Mongolia and northern China. The most well-known find, discovered in 1971, includes a complete Velociraptor skeleton wrapped around that of a Protoceratops, an early ceratopsian and ancestor of Triceratops. The two were apparently in mid-fight when they were buried.[5]

Did it have feathers?

"The researchers believe the bumps on the arm bone are remnants of quill knobs, places where the quills of secondary feathers — important for flight in many modern birds — were anchored to the bone." [1]

Stephen Spielberg's Jurassic Park

The Velociraptor played a prominent part in Stephen Spielberg's motion picture Jurassic Park in which it was misrepresented as a much larger creature. It was in fact merely the size of a turkey.[6] The version of the Velociraptor in Jurassic Park more closely resembled a Deinonychus, a close relative of Velociraptor.

References

  1. Norell, M.A. & Makovicky, P.J. 1999. Important features of the dromaeosaurid skeleton II: information from newly collected specimens of Velociraptor mongoliensis. American Museum Novitates 3282
  2. http://www.clarifyingchristianity.com/gen_1-2.shtml
  3. http://www.albatrus.org/english/theology/creation/biblical_age_earth.htm
  4. Velociraptor in Encyclopedia Britannica
  5. The Complete Book of Dinosaurs, by Dougal Dixon, Hermes House, 2006
  6. http://www.answers.com/topic/velociraptor
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