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"Raptors", falconiforms, and popular culture

(and Deinonychus was
higher profile too) despite the 'fighting fossil'. I  think Crichton is
mostly responsible for raising Velocirptor's public profile.

I agree 100%. When I first watched Jurassic Park at age 5, I thought, "those guys remind me of Deinonychus!"

Honestly, although all non-avian dinosaurs are cool to varying degrees in my view, I think Velociraptor is overrated. I much prefer Utahraptor---it's much closer to the archetypical "raptor" in size (and probably integument; it probably didn't need feathered covering thanks to its size) than Velociraptor. Sad its name does not slide off the tongue as beautifully.

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