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Re: "Raptors", falconiforms, and popular culture



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

By "archetypical", I meant the image of the "raptor" in the public imagination, the type exemplified by the large dromeosaurids seen in Jurassic Park, the Turok games, etc. Perhaps "stereotypical" would have been better. Choice of words notwithstanding, Utahraptor is clearly closer in size to what laypeople think of when they hear "raptor" (in the non-avian sense, of course) than Velociraptor.


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