VELOCIRAPTORS, THEIR EATING HABITS AND THEIR FEATHERS

You should all know that velociraptors weren’t really like they were portrayed in ‘Jurassic Park’. They were an awful lot smaller, they had feathers, and they probably weren’t quite so smart. But they *were* nasty predators. Or were they? This BBC article describes a recent fossil suggesting that Velociraptor was also a scavenger, because of bite marks on a Protoceratops skeleton.

Original article in Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology (University needed to get past abstract):

2007 Science article showing the presence of quill knobs in velociraptors (open access); 2011 Science article showing dino feathers in amber  (Uni needed to get past abstract); great blog post on the feathers in amber article at WhyEvolutionIsTrue. More on velociraptors, including gratuitous but potentially correct picture:

© Michael Skrepnick; http://www.dinosaursinart.com/

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