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Velociraptor is a genus of small theropod dinosaur.


Velociraptor is a mid-sized dromaeosaurid, with adults measuring up to 2.07 m (6.8 ft) long, 0.5 m (1.6 ft) high at the hip, and weighing up to 15 kg (33 lb). The skull, which grows up to 25 cm (9.8 in) long, is uniquely up-curved, concave on the upper surface and convex on the lower. The jaws are lined with 26–28 widely-spaced teeth on each side, each more strongly serrated on the back edge than the front an adaptation that improves its ability to catch and hold fast-moving prey.

Velociraptor, like other dromaeosaurids, has a large manus ('hand') with three strongly-curved claws, which are similar in construction and flexibility to the wing bones of birds. The second digit is the longest of the three digits present, while the first is shortest. The first digit of the foot, as in other theropods, is a small dewclaw. However, whereas most theropods have feet with three digits contacting the ground, dromaeosaurids like Velociraptor walk on only their third and fourth digits. The second digit, for which Velociraptor is most famous, is highly modified and held retracted off of the ground. It bore a relatively large, sickle-shaped claw, typical of dromaeosaurid and troodontid dinosaurs. This enlarged claw, which can be over 6.5 cm (2.6 in) long around its outer edge, is a predatory device used to tear into prey, delivering a fatal blow.

Long bony projections (prezygapophyses) on the upper surfaces of the vertebrae, as well as ossified tendons underneath, stiffen the tail of Velociraptor. The prezygapophyses begins on the tenth tail (caudal) vertebra and extends forward to brace four to ten additional vertebrae, depending on position in the tail. The stiffening forces the entire tail to act as a single rod-like unit, preventing vertical motion between vertebrae. These adaptations of the tail provide balance and stability while turning, especially at high speeds.

In the books[]

Velociraptors like to run fast and often work as rickshaw drivers in big cities such as Waterfall City.

The Velociraptors of the Rainy Basin are pack hunting predators.