mongoliensis

8

Savani is done! Actually have been for a couple of months, but because she was at our school’s art gallery (she was school project) I couldn’t take pictures earlier. She is chubby little almost-lifesized velociraptor. Because she is my first plushie which patterns I have made all by myself, there is lots of things to fix for the next one!

Happy Velociraptor Awareness Day!

Scientific Name: Velociraptor mongoliensis
Diet:
Meat. Mostly dead meat; live rats sometimes used as enrichment.
Projected Natural Lifespan:
16-20 years
Length:
2 meters (6 feet)
Weight:
10-15 kg (22-33 lbs)
Locality:
Southern Mongolia (Djadochta Formation), ~75 Ma
Exhibit:
Mongolia of the Cretaceous

About: Everyone knows and loves Velociraptor.The upcurved head can’t really be mistaken for anything else. Its winged arms have long hands tipped with long claws. As with all dromaeosaurids, its feet have a large sickle-shaped claw for stabbing prey, which is held off the ground when walking. Its tail is stiffened by tendons and vertebral projections as a counterbalance, though not too stiff to prevent it from curling around the body.

At Huxley: A small flock of ‘em live in the Mongolia of the Cretaceous exhibit. The exhibit is built to prevent them from WAIRing over the wall. The group is most active at night, so Velociraptor fans are advised to stay up until closing. Or come during the day if you want to see curled-up little floofballs.

Notable Behavior: While the flock isn’t as organized as a pack of, say, wolves, they do move, eat, and rest together. They often nuzzle and call to each other, and this is adorable. Most disagreements are over food (which they love). Unlike the Achillobator, it’s almost always settled peacefully with hisses and caws, and their pelage would help buffer any potential superficial injuries anyways. And they’ve apparently accepted their keepers into the group, nuzzling them the same way they do each other - though we still wear protective leather gear whenever we go in.

The Velociraptors are quite a curious and easily-distracted bunch, always intrigued by whatever keepers do or whatever they bring into the exhibit. The crest tends to raise slightly if something catches their attention. Once the Velociraptors took over a box the keepers brought in and we had to leave it there. They’re very active when they are - and this is one reason why we use “Delties” (our nickname for the mechanized meat-filled prey dummies we use), as well as live feeding, for enrichment. Contrary to popular belief, Velociraptor isn’t very fast; instead of endurance chasing, the “Delties” give a simulated (but safe) challenge - and an opportunity for raptor prey restraint!

Keeper Notes: True to their name, they like stealing things. They’ve been noted to make off with things dropped in their exhibit. They once stole Lydia’s shoelaces. They made off with my keys the other day. And of course, they always steal our hearts.

anyway the raptors in “Jurassic Park” were textually accurate to the book and the book made it clear that the animals in the park were genetically engineered to prioritize people’s expectations of what dinosaurs SHOULD look like as opposed to what they actually looked like, and the reason they’re so big even though velociraptor mongoliensis was actually about knee-high on a human is because the animal shown in the book and movie is modeled after deinonychus, an honorary raptor that was at the time of writing considered part of the velociraptor family but has since been reclassified as its own group.

Adasaurus mongoliensis

By Calum O’Halloran at @ridiculouslyphotogenicsinosaurus

Name: Adasaurus mongoliensis

Name Meaning: Ada’s Lizard

First Described: 1983

Described By: Barsbold

ClassificationDinosauria, Theropoda, Neotheropoda, Averostra, Tetanurae, Orionides, Avetheropoda, Coelurosauria, Tyrannoraptora, Maniraptoriformes, Maniraptora, Pennaraptora, Paraves, Eumaniraptora, Dromaeosauroidea, Dromaeosauridae, Eudromaeosauria, Dromaeosaurinae

Adasaurus was a dromaeosaurid known from limited remains - specifically a partial skull, incomplete skeleton, and a second incomplete skeleton. It was about 1.8 meters long and was found in the Nemegt Formation in Bayankhongor Province, Gobi Desert, Mongolia. It lived in the Maastrichtian age of the Late Cretaceous, from about 72 and 66 million years ago. Though traditionally it has been grouped with Dromaeosaurus and Utahraptor, it could be a velociraptorine. It lived alongside such animals as Tarbosaurus, Anserimimus, Zanabazar, and Saurolophus

Sources: 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adasaurus

Shout out goes to princ3sspyr0m4ni4c!

Edit: I edited it again! I wont bother listing all my changes this time but hopefully its a lot more accurate! 

I draw dinosaurs other than velociraptor I swear!
I’m doing some reconstruction work for university and so I attempted to take on Velociraptor Mongoliensis.

I used a sketch I made based directly on Scott Hartman’s silhouette for this painting, but I plan to explore more poses in the reconstructions to come :D 

5

Assorted Djadochta dinosaurs.

(Left to Right, Top to Bottom)

Byronosaurus

Saurornithoides

Gobivenator

Pinacosaurus

Plesiohadros

Protoceratops

Udanoceratops

Velociraptor (V. mangas/Tsaagan at the top, V. mongoliensis at the bottom)

I drew these two skulls with the intention of combining them into a single image.  Admittedly not to scale but I find it interesting to really be able to see the physical difference between these two cousins’ skulls.  Dromaeosaurus albertensis, a little bit larger overall than the Velociraptor, has a blunter skull overall.  Velociraptor mongoliensis has a much more streamlined skull.