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Learn interesting information about the VelociraptorVelociraptor Facts for Kids

Enjoy our Velociraptor facts for kids and learn a wide range of interesting information about this popular dinosaur.

Although it featured some nasty looking claws, the Velociraptor was actually a lot smaller than it was portrayed in the movie Jurassic Park, more the size of a turkey than a human. Read on to find out where their fossils have been found, which NBA team is named after them and more.


  • The name Velociraptor means ‘swift seizer’.

  • Velociraptor lived in the late Cretaceous Period (around 73 million years ago).

  • The Velociraptor played a large role in the Jurassic Park movies but was often shown inaccurately. Rather than being a larger, human sized dinosaur, the Velociraptor was around the size of a Turkey. It is also believed to have had feathers that were not shown in the movie portrayal.

  • A fully grown Velociraptor could grow up to 2m (6.6ft) in length, 0.5m (1.6ft) in height at the hip and weigh up to 15kg (33lb).

  • The Velociraptor is thought to have killed its prey with sickle shaped claws on its rear feet.

  • The first known Velociraptor fossil was found in the Mongolian Gobi Desert in 1922.

  • One of the most famous dinosaur fossils ever found features a Velociraptor in the middle of battle with a Protoceratops.

  • The NBA basketball team based in Toronto, Canada, are known as the Toronto Raptors. Both their team name and logo are based on the popular dinosaur.

  • Velociraptor pictures:
Velociraptor picture
Velociraptor fighting Protoceratops


Famous fossil of a Velociraptor and Protoceratops fighting
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