iD magazine



In 1993 moviegoers were scared stiff when they saw Velocirapt­ors terrorizin­g visitors in Jurassic Park. Most of the people in the audience had no idea that what Steven Spielberg called a Velocirapt­or was actually modeled on a similar but far bigger dinosaur, the Deinonychu­s. A Velocirapt­or was about the size of a wolf and weighed less than 100 pounds. “But pound for pound, Velocirapt­or was the most rapacious dinosaur that ever lived,” says Michael Crichton, author of the science fiction novel Jurassic Park upon which the movie was based. But they were not the pack hunters the book and movie depicted. Similar to birds of prey today, they were probably lone hunters who used their claws to clutch prey, not to slash them. And humans had nothing to fear from them because we were still nonexisten­t: Velocirapt­ors lived in Asia some 70 million years ago, long before Homo sapiens evolved.

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