By Kathy Facey

Velociraptor mongoliensis was first discovered at the Flaming Cliffs in Mongolia in 1923. The name Velociraptor means "speedy plunderer". Velociraptor inhabited the Earth during the Late Cretaceous when the climate was warm and dry. Velociraptor was 1.5 - 2.0 metres in length and stood between 5 and 6 ft tall. This animal would have been capable of attaining speeds between 40 and 60 km/h.