Velociraptor Mongoliensis: Feathered Raptor of the Cretaceous

Mongoliensis Basics

The Velociraptor Mongoliensis was one of multiple feathered raptors over the course of the Mesozoic era. Its feathers may have been used for visual displays, mating, or to help manage their body temperature. The feathers may have also helped the females protect their eggs and possibly young.

Velociraptors in general may have been one of the smartest dinosaurs, since they had a larger brain in relation to their body, an opposite to the Stegosaurs like Kentrosaurus, for example, which had a walnut-sized brain.

Quick facts

  • Meaning: Swift Seizer
  • Group: Eudromaeosauria
  • Period: Cretaceous
  • Size: 6 Ft (2M)
  • Weight: 33 lb (15 kg)
  • Location: Mongolia

Discovery of the Species

The Velociraptor Mongoliensis was discovered by an American Museum of Natural History expedition in the Outer Mongolian’s Gobi Desert in the year 1923. This dinosaur and its ‘sibling’ species, the Velociraptor Osmolskae, were both found in the Mongolia region.

The Velociraptor is incorrectly termed in the film Jurassic Park. In the film, they are much larger, almost human-sized. But in real life, they were smaller. Around human waist height or smaller! Check the graphic to see their rough size in comparison to humans.

Their jaws had about 26 or so widely spaced teeth on all sides, each of them serrated on the back edge rather than the front. It had large ‘hands’ with 3 claws like other dromaeosaurids.

Velociraptor Mongoliensis

 

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Velociraptor Mongoliensis In Media

The team behind Creative Beast Studio has created a line of dinosaur action figures, and Velociraptor Mongoliensis is one of them! To be completely fair, I’m a 2-time Kickstarter backer for Silvia’s projects, and I think they are amazing works of art. Dinosaur action figures that are posable need to be a more common thing! Good, high-quality dinosaur action figures are rare these days.

Velociraptor Mongoliensis figure

 

Sample of the Beasts of the Mesozoic’s Velociraptor Mongoliensis figure!
(Taken by Kenson, model by David Silvia)

Velociraptors In Games

The Velociraptor Mongoliensis specifically does not seem to exist in video games, but other variants of feathered raptors are! Some of these games include Saurian (Video Trailer by kenson) with the Dakotahraptor, ARK: Survival Evolved with the Deinonychus, Beasts of Bermuda with their Velociraptor, and Primal Carnage: Extinction with some skins of their two Raptor classes.

The fact that feathered Velociraptors in video games is sorely lacking. It would be amazing if more feathered variants of dinosaurs, not just Raptors, but all dinos that had variants with feathers, would be included in more mainstream media!

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