Not talking about Jurassic Park film characters, but real creatures that lived on the planet millions of years ago, when the environment looked different, National Velociraptor Awareness Day is celebrated on April 18.
They lived on planet Earth 70 million years ago, when the Cretaceous period was coming to an end. Their height was 7 feet; the body was covered with feathers. They had claws 3 inches long, and sharp teeth, which helped with hunting, inflicting fatal wounds on their prey.
The word was coined by H. Osborn, who at the beginning of the XX century was the head of the American Museum of Natural History. The velociraptor’s speed was mediocre, and their main advantage was their dagger-sharp claws.
- The velociraptor’s real appearance does not correspond to the way it was presented in the Steven Spielberg film. It had no scales in reality, and did not look like a cold-blooded reptile. Velociraptors are like very big chickens.
- Velociraptors are recognized as intelligent creatures with a higher level of intelligence than other dinosaurs.
To celebrate this holiday, it is better not to be like velociraptors. Find interesting company: go to the Natural History Museum, or review Spielberg’s legendary masterpiece.
When National Velociraptor Awareness Day celebrated in 2023?
National Velociraptor Awareness Day is observed on April 18 each year.