ヴェロキラプトル Velociraptor オーストラリア恐竜大陸
英文読み方： ヴェロシラプター vel－oss－ee－rap－tor
恐竜名意味： Fast Robber
Saurischia/ Theropodoa/ Tetanurae/ Manuraptora/ Deinonychosauria
Fｉｒｓｔ Dｅscribed：1924 /Fouｎｄ： Asia，Russia, Mongolia, China /
Length: 2m / Weight: 15kg
Food： Meat / Youｎｇ： Eggs / Lived： Late Cretaceous 70－65mya
Several skeletons of this small aggressive theropod have been found across Asia．They include adults and young．Velociraptor was brought to life in the film Jurassic Park when it pitted its wits against a host of terrified humans．Typically, Velociraptor was an agile, fast running hunter．It had quite a long, narrow head with very sharp, backward－curving teeth．ln modern animals, such as poisonous snakes, teeth like these enable the predator to hold on tightly to a struggling victim.
Actual Velociraptors are much smaller than the ones that starred in the film, and their tails were rigid rather than whip-like．One of the specimens found in Mongolia seems to have died during a raid on the nest of the small-horned Protoceratops.
The two animals are locked in an embrace of death and the protective mother probably surprised the cunning raider as it attempted to steal her eggs or hatchlings．Strangely, both were entombed forever by a desert sand-storm, the dagger-like claws of Velociraptor still deeply buried in the remains of Protoceratops．