Velociraptor mongoliensis
Pronounced:     [vel-oss-i-rap-tor       mon-gol-ee-en-sis]

Means 'Speedy Thief' or 'Speedy Predator' or 'Swift Robber' or 'Quick Plunderer'

 

This is another case, like the T-rex, where the pose used in the pattern above will not work well to cut it from 3/4" stock for mounting on a stand.  The pose is also somewhat out-of-date since in the last 3 years or so it has been proved that Theropods, even including T-rex, had feathers.  We know they couldn't fly, but we don't know how obvious or colorful the feathers were.  That probably depends on whether they were for warmth or attracting a mate.  If you like the idea of dinosaurs with feathers, see the Archaeopteryx, the first bird.

  

Everyone knows about Velociraptors, the crafty pack-hunting killers from the movie, even if they were shown almost twice as large as they were in life.  They were coyote-sized carnivores who were 2' to 3' tall at the head.  They were 6' long including the tail.     

 

They had fairly large brains for their size, which made them one of the most intelligent of all dinosaurs.  They were quick, agile, smart and deadly predators.  The stiff tail worked as a counterbalance that allowed very quick turns. 

 
Saying that they were perhaps the most intelligent of dinosaurs isn't saying much.  Even some of the large ones, such as the Stegosaurus, only had a brain about the size of a walnut.
 

Velociraptors had arms with three-fingered, well-clawed hands that were excellent for holding prey.  Their long legs were thin and had 4-toed clawed feet.  The second toe had a sickle-shaped claw that was 3½" long and was carried raised when walking or running.  But it could rotate down over 200° when attacking.

 

It has long been believed that the sickle claw was to disembowel their intended meal.  A theory published in 2000 by Dr. Ken Carpenter, a curator at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, stated that Velociraptors did not have the strength, and the claw was not the right shape to rip out another dinosaur's stomach.  He said the sickle claw was not a knife, but was more like the claws of cats, for holding, not cutting.

 

In 2005 other scientists tested Carpenter's theory by constructing a robotic limb with a hydraulic system designed to mimic the movements and kick of a Velociraptor's leg.  It proved the theory since claw impacts could produce only small round punctures that wouldn't have killed most prey.

 

As pack hunters Velociraptors had to have had some social structure within their pack similar to other animal species that hunt in packs.  Like all dinosaurs baby Velociraptors hatched from eggs, helpless.   From ancient killing scenes found in S. Dakota it has been proved that they hunted in packs and ate accompanied by their young.  They were warm-blooded nurturing parents.     
 
The pictured Velociraptor pet is framed at 5½"x11". 
 
 

Prices: 

For a pattern, for standing format, $7.50

For scrolling instructions, add $3.00

There's no charge for the  Velociraptor biography (story)

There's no charge for shipping or handling

 

The scrolling instructions mentioned above consist of about 30 pages with photos.  

See the Wooly Mammoth for an example of a mounted Paleo Pet

or see the Smilodon for a framed pet.

If you order a pattern it will be sent by USPS as soon as your check clears.

The biographies of pets were written for 7th to HS ages and were designed to stimulate discussion between parents and kids.
   
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