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Mongolia - Home to Velociraptors

Mongolia - Home to Velociraptors Archeological Wonders Geography STEM Ancient Places and/or Civilizations

The Velociraptor mongoliensis was a small theropod dinosaur which lived mainly in southwestern Mongolia.  This map depicts the area where paleontologists have discovered its fossilized remains.

In the 1920s, the American Museum of Natural History (the New York Museum of Natural History) sent expeditions to the Gobi desert region of Mongolia.  During the second expedition, paleontologists found one of the first-ever-located nest of dinosaur eggs.

The explorers also found fossilized remains of a creature with an extremely powerful claw.  Small, compared to other dinosaurs (and to humans), this creature was undoubtedly fast.  In 1924, Henry F. Osborn named it Velociraptor mongoliensis.

Experts believe these “Raptors” lived between the Middle Jurassic Period and became extinct at the end of the Cretaceous Period.  Recent scholarship finds that they were likely covered in feathers.


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Image online, courtesy American Museum of Natural History.

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