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Not talking about Jurassic Park films characters, but real creatures lived on planet millions of years ago, when surrounding space looked different, National Velociraptor Awareness Day is celebrated on April 18, interesting event worthy of attention.

The History

They lived on planet Earth 70 million years ago, Cretaceous period was coming to an end. Height was 7 feet; body was covered with feathers, wings allowed to move through air. They had claws 3 inches long, sharp teeth, helped hunting, inflicting fatal wounds on enemy in battle. In 2012, scientists determined velociraptors ate pterosaurs.

Fun Facts

Word was coined by H. Osborn, at the beginning of the XX century he was head of American Museum of Natural History. Velociraptor’s speed of movement was mediocre, not outstanding. Main advantage — dagger-sharp claws.

  1. Velociraptor’s real appearance does not correspond to way creature was presented in Steven Spielberg film. Animal had no scales in reality, not looked little like cold-blooded reptile, amphibian. Velociraptors are like big chicken.
  2. Velociraptors are recognized as intelligent creatures with a higher level of intelligence than other dinosaurs.
  3. They were loners, didn’t form packs.

Celebrate holiday, it is better not to be like velociraptors in regard. Find interesting company: go to Natural History Museum, review Spielberg’s legendary masterpiece.

When National Velociraptor Awareness Day celebrated in 2022?

National Velociraptor Awareness Day is observed on April 18 each year.