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The Real Face Behind Jurassic Park's Velociraptor

Erika Valencia

on 15 November 2016

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Transcript of Deinonychus

Deinonychus' Complete Classification:

Kingdom - Animalia
Phylum - Chordata
Class - Archosauria
Order - Saurischia
Suborder - Theropoda
Family - Dromaeosauridae
Genus - Deinonychus
Species - Antirrhopus
Time Period
It is most commonly recorded due to fossil discovery and dating that the Deinonychus lived in the Early Cretaceous Period during the Mesozoic era.
Geographical Range
Researchers have found Deinonychus fossils in the states of Oklahoma, Wyoming, and Montanna. Though fossil research says that during it's time period, the Deinonychus lived in areas similar to todays Louisiana. From this, one could say that it was limited to the southern states, but then the outlying data would be Wyoming and Montana.
The Real Face Behind Jurassic Park's Velociraptor
A significance I was able to find while studying Deinonychus was that through fossil research, there is geological evidence to give us clues to the type of environment Deinonychus lived in suggesting that Deinonychus inhabited swamp like habitats. Further going on to the point that the prehistoric environment of the Cloverly and Antlers Formations, where many Deinonychus fossils have been found, consisted of tropical forests, deltas, and swamps, going back to the previous statement of much like todays Louisiana
Unrecorded extinction date, but having no data for living later than the cretaceous period, one could assume it died out in the Mesozoic mass extinction if not before.
Why I Chose This Fossil
The reason I chose Deinonychus as my fossil was because I personally am extremely into dinosaurs and the creatures that lived in the "dinosaur ages". I'm also an extreme Jurassic Park fan and the film's version of the velociraptor was always my favourite dinosaur so I thought it would be really fun and interesting to present on the actual creature it was based off.
Additional Information
Deinonychus gets it's nickname -
Terrible Claw
- from the meaning of it's genus name, which also came from fossil evidence of a sickle shapped talon around the second toe / middle finger area on the back foot.
The American Museum of Natural History in New York City is the only real Deinonychus full fossil skeleton on display in the world.
"Terrible Claw"
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