Velociraptor mongoliensis Claw Replica
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Velociraptor mongoliensis Claw Replica measures 2.6 inches. Velociraptor mongoliensis Claw Replica is museum quality polyurethane cast. Made in USA. Our precise claw can be used as a teaching tool, museum claw exhibit, home decor claw, or office decor claw.
Velociraptor meaning “swift seizer” is a genus of dromaeosaurid theropod dinosaur that lived approximately 75 to 71 million years ago during the latter part of the Cretaceous Period.
Velociraptor mongoliensis was a bipedal, feathered carnivore with a long tail and an enlarged sickle-shaped claw on each hindfoot, which is thought to have been used to tackle and disembowel prey. Velociraptor can be distinguished from other dromaeosaurids by its long and low skull, with an upturned snout.
Velociraptor mongoliensis was a mid-sized dromaeosaurid, with adults measuring up to 6.8 feet long, 1.6 feet high at the hip, and weighing up to 33 lbs. The skull, which grew up to 9.8 in. long, was uniquely up-curved, concave on the upper surface and convex on the lower. The jaws were lined with 26–28 widely spaced teeth on each side, each more strongly serrated on the back edge than the front.
Velociraptor mongoliensis had a large manus (‘hand’) with three strongly curved claws, which were similar in construction and flexibility to the wing bones of modern birds. The second digit was the longest of the three digits present, while the first was shortest.
The structure of the wrist bones prevented pronation of the wrist and forced the ‘hands’ to be held with the palmar surface facing inwards. The first digit of the foot was a small dewclaw. Velociraptor walked on only their third and fourth digits.
The second digit, for which Velociraptor mongoliensis is most famous, was highly modified and held retracted off the ground. It bore a relatively large, sickle-shaped claw, typical of dromaeosaurid and troodontid dinosaurs. This enlarged claw, which could grow to over 2.6 in. long around its outer edge, was most likely a predatory device used to tear into or restrain struggling prey.
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