The Real Velociraptor

Excerpt from “The World of Dinosaurs'“ by Mark A. Norell

Excerpt from “The World of Dinosaurs'“ by Mark A. Norell

So I’m casually doing some light dinosaur reading before starting my day when I come across an interesting fact: a velociraptor was about the size of a medium-sized coyote. My first thought was why didn’t they just give numerical measurements? A quick Google search showed the length is about three feet tall, four to five feet long.

It’s well-known that Hollywood science works a little differently than real-world science but Jurassic Park really branded the human-sized raptors so well that I questioned it not one bit. The franchise, along with the new installments, portray the smart and ferocious beast with reptilian scales all along its body. However, the American Museum of Natural History mentions in this article written in 2007, “Scientists have known for years that many dinosaurs had feathers.” This article’s last paragraph by A.C. Gleason gives a fair reason as to why Jurassic Park lied to us.

This is a shoebill stork.

This is a shoebill stork.

The truth of velociraptors having feathers didn’t make them less scary, feathered birds can be scary—have you seen the shoebill stork? But changing their height from six feet to three feet…that’s a whole other species. I don’t know how I’ll go about my day knowing that fact.