Deinonychus, which takes its name from the Greek word for “terrible claw,” did indeed catch and grasp prey with its sharp claws. The animal lived during the Cretaceous period, and famed fossil hunter Barnum Brown first discovered this species’ remains in 1931. Its anatomy eventually helped revive the idea (dismissed during much of the 20th century) that birds were descended from dinosaurs.

Paleontologists believed that Deinonychus used their claws to stab their victims, waiting for them to bleed to death before consuming them. Without opposable digits, however, they had to pick up these animals by squeezing them between their palms. They probably had weak jaws and might only have been able to walk about 6 miles per hour.

Still, the species seemed impressive enough for Hollywood, which modeled Jurassic Park’s raptors after Deinonychus, but called them Velociraptors– after a smaller, but more dramatic-sounding dinosaur.

You can find Deinonychus in the Hall of Saurischian Dinosaurs:

So, @a-dinosaur-a-day is hosting a dino-themed pride event, and today is trans day! So here’s my deinonychus character that I’ve been drawing a lot recently, out here supporting his parent (me). He’s been helping me get into the paleoart scene. I’m new, so I’m not quite sure how he looks….

This drawing is acually pretty meaningful for me, as deinonychus has been among my favourite dinosaurs since I was a wee small child, and having it represent my identity makes me feel sort of? fulfilled?? as if it’s a way to connect my child self to who I am today (corny af alert lmao)

Gynandromorphic Deinonychus

Gynandromorphism is a condition where an animal has male and female traits, sometimes laterally, like in this painting. It happens to all sorts of animals, including birds, so it seems fair that a birdie dinosaurs would exhibit it as well.
This is admittedly not the best angle to depict it, I’ll come up with a new painting to show it and turn this into a normal Deinonychus.