Velociraptor

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Velociraptor

(vəlŏs`ĭrăp'tər) [Gr.,=swift robber], swift bipedal carnivorous dinosaurdinosaur
[Gr., = terrible lizard], extinct land reptile of the Mesozoic era. The dinosaurs, which were egg-laying animals, ranged in length from 2 1-2 ft (91 cm) to about 127 ft (39 m).
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 of the late Cretaceous period. It was relatively small, being approximately 6 ft (1.8 m) long. It was similar to Deinonychus in appearance and, like that dinosaur, had a lethal sickle-shaped claw on the second toe of each three-toed foot, which was used for attacking prey. Fossil skeletons have been found in Mongolia. A find of particular interest, discovered in the Gobi desert in 1971, revealed a Velociraptor in the act of attacking another dinosaur, the herbivorous Protoceratops. Velociraptor belongs to the group of saurischian theropods [Gr., = beast feet] that includes Tyrannosaurus, Deinonychus, and living birds.

Velociraptor

[və′läs·ə‚rap·tər]
(paleontology)
A carnivorous theropod dinosaur, 7 feet (2 meters) long, with birdlike features from the Late Cretaceous that had strong grasping hands with claws, powerful hindlimbs, and jaws containing sharp teeth.
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