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Re: Re: bird origins

Re: Velociraptor vs Utahraptor in Jurassic Park

The animal Crichton used in the book was Deinonychus, although he followed
Greg Paul's synonymization.  Speilberg enlarged it in the movie for dramatic
reasons.  Utahraptor was not discovered until the movie of JP was several
months into production, so it was just fortuitous that a giant dromaeosaurid
was found to justify the big Speilberg raptors.

Thomas R. HOLTZ
Vertebrate Paleontologist, Dept. of Geology
Email:Thomas_R_HOLTZ@umail.umd.edu (th81)