Velociraptor was a fairly small predatory dinosaur that walked on two legs. Like other dromaeosaurs, including its larger relative Deinonychus, it had a large, curved claw on both its hind feet, which it used to subdue prey. Somewhat unique among dromaeosaurids, Velociraptor’s skull was narrow and long, and slightly upturned.
While movies and outdated depictions showed Velociraptor as scaly, it is now accepted among scientists that Velociraptor was covered in feathers like modern birds. Ancestors of Velociraptor were known to have been feathered, with fossil evidence discovered, and Velociraptor had structures known as “quill knobs” on its bones, which are features associated with feathers in birds of today.
SIZE: 6 feet 9 inches (2.07 meters) in length (including tail)
WEIGHT: 33 pounds (15 kg)