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.