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Re: "Raptors", falconiforms, and popular culture



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.<<<

I'm sorry, this is not correct (well, except for the part about Velociraptor being over-rated). Utahraptor is clearly at the large end of the dromeaosaur size spectrum, and there is no reason to think that Utahraptor would have lost its feathers due to its size, any more than imagining that ostriches or emus would (or moa or elephant birds).


Scott Hartman Science Director Wyoming Dinosaur Center 110 Carter Ranch Rd. Thermopolis, WY 82443 (800) 455-3466 ext. 230 Cell: (307) 921-8333

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