14 Myths of the Velociraptor
1 – It’s no surprise that one of the most popular dinosaurs in the world is the Velociraptor. Their rise in popularity was heavily influenced by the way that they were portrayed in the ‘Jurassic Park’ films. While there may be some things about them that the films got right, there are some serious errors in their on screen depictions.
2 – Velociraptors depicted in the Jurassic Park films more closely resembled the Deinonychus. These dinosaurs were more intimidating in nature, resulting in a better image for the onscreen Velociraptor.
3 – The movies depicts them as highly intelligent creatures who have the capacity to even open doorknobs. Unfortunately this is just not true as the smartest dinosaurs of the time were no smarter than a baby kitten.
4 – The movies show them attacking with their teeth and front claws, when in fact they would use their massive three-inch hind claw to attack their prey and let them bleed out while they wait from a safe distance.
5 – The name Velociraptor comes from the latin words “velox” (swift) and raptor (thief). The movies do depict the dinos as fast moving predators so at least they stayed true to the meaning of the name.
6 – Velociraptors were not around during the Jurassic period, but instead during the end of the Cretaceous period. The ‘Jurassic Park’ movies have confused people about this important fact since the original release.