How could small meat-eaters bring down large dinosaurs?
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Deinonychus was about the size of a human adult male, and was lightly built so it could run fast.
What was a Velociraptor?
The fierce raptors shown in the film Jurassic Park actually existed, although they were not as large as the ones depicted in the film.
Like Deinonychus, Velociraptor had a large ripping claw on its hind legs, and may have hunted in packs. It had a much slimmer head than Deinonychus, and probably had a less powerful bite.
This hunter had a very stiff tail, which it probably used to steer itself and change direction quickly while chasing its prey. Like other theropods, Deinonychus had very sharp teeth, and it also had powerful arms with grasping claws. The most unusual feature was a large upturned claw on its foot, which could be swiveled downwards so that it could slash its prey with its muscular hind legs. This probably killed the prey due to loss of blood.
Many remains of the fast and agile Velociraptor have been found in the Gobi desert. This raptor was small but heavily armed with a ripping claw on its hind leg. It probably hunted in packs.
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