Ignorance Is Bliss: Why The Less We Know About Velociraptors, The Better Off We Are

Show of hands…prior to Jurassic Park who knew what a Velociraptor was? Hmm just the Paleontologists? Despite being the alpha bad-ass of the Jurassic Park movies, it’s very doubtful anyone knew about this killing machine before seeing the movie Jurassic Park. The only thing we American kids would have seen similar was Deinonychus and to be honest, T-Rex was way cooler then. Soon after Jurassic Park, the Velociraptor became to dinosaurs what Boba Fett was to Star Wars: a bad-ass. Old favorites like Brachiosaurus, Triceratops and Allosaurus were put on the back burner as everyone clamored over the man-sized, smarter-than-the-average-dinosaur, Velociraptor. To be fair, why shouldn’t we? That movie made the Velociraptor the coolest dinosaur ever….the only problem is that according to science, everything we love about the Velociraptor is wrong:

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