Habitat and Enemies
The Velociraptor lived in the Cretaceous period. It lived 84 - 80 million years ago. Fossils of the Velociraptor
have been discovered in Central Asia and Russia. Fossilized bones were originally discovered in Mongolia. The Earth
of the Cretaceous was similar to Earth as we know it today. The position of modern day Mongolia was the same as Mongolia
of the late Cretaceous.
Velociraptor was a terrestrial creature that lived in a dry desert with sand dunes. The Velociraptor lived during
the same time period as the Protoceratops, Oviraptor, and the flightless bird Mononykus. Its main competition came from
a relative of Troodon, Saurornithoides. The most famous fossil find is of a Velociraptor locked in combat with a Protoceratops.
The Protoceratops has a hold of the Velociraptor's hand, while the Velociraptor's sickle claw is still lodged in the
throat of the Protoceratops. Both animals were buried in a sandstorm and died together. The velociraptor was a
bipedal carnivore that obtained most of its food by stealing the eggs of other dinosaurs. It then used its swift long
legs to make a quick and easy getaway. It also used its legs to escape from its own predators, as well as chase after
its own live prey. The Velociraptor was belived to hunt for this live prey in packs; these packs were very large, ranging
anywhere from 50 to 200 raptors. Fossils help us to determine things like this. For example, if archeologists
discover fossil eggs near a full grown member of the same species, they can infer that that adult was protecting its young.