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raptors: actually pretty small animals

Postby michael24easilybored » Thu Apr 09, 2009 6:01 pm UTC

hey

I was at work yesterday and somehow the conversation of surviving a raptor attack came up (as far as I'm aware I'm the only xkcd fan :) )

anyway, someone stated that actually raptors were quite small, only 50cm or so tall, so not actually all that dangerous to people (at least compared with the ones in jurassic park)

if this is already common knowledge, please ignore my ignorance. If this is actually a contributing factor to an in-joke that I didn't get, then please feel free to mock me appropriately

anyway, here be some facts: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Velociraptor#Description

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Re: raptors: actually pretty small animals

Postby Random832 » Thu Apr 09, 2009 6:26 pm UTC

michael24easilybored wrote:hey

I was at work yesterday and somehow the conversation of surviving a raptor attack came up (as far as I'm aware I'm the only xkcd fan :) )

anyway, someone stated that actually raptors were quite small, only 50cm or so tall, so not actually all that dangerous to people (at least compared with the ones in jurassic park)

if this is already common knowledge, please ignore my ignorance. If this is actually a contributing factor to an in-joke that I didn't get, then please feel free to mock me appropriately

anyway, here be some facts: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Velociraptor#Description


This is old news - it was one of the criticisms leveled against Jurassic Park when it first came out, and then later on the Utahraptor was discovered. Get with the times; the new problem with popular depiction of Raptors is that it's believed that they actually had feathers.

Now, maybe this doesn't look as intimidating as the ones in JP... until you remember this.

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Re: raptors: actually pretty small animals

Postby SecondTalon » Thu Apr 09, 2009 6:32 pm UTC

Jurassic Park, though calling them Velociraptors, likely used Deinonychus
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Re: raptors: actually pretty small animals

Postby Belial » Thu Apr 09, 2009 6:35 pm UTC

They used deinonychus, but scaled it up.

Then right around release time, someone discovered utahraptor, which looks like a scaled up deinonychus.

So retroactively, those were utahraptors.

However, Utahraptor is a cooler animal, and Velociraptor is a cooler name, so just assume that when people call Utahraptors "Velociraptors", they're not wrong, they're just maximizing their awesome quotient.
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Re: raptors: actually pretty small animals

Postby sparks » Fri Apr 10, 2009 7:20 pm UTC

*rocks back and forth in corner* So you mean Jurassic Park ain't true? Nooooooo. :lol:
Aha, but, yes, raptors were tiny.
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Postby pyroman » Fri Apr 10, 2009 7:29 pm UTC

Hah yep indeed they are rather tiny. I remember this confusing me greatly when the movie came out back when i was oh.... 5ish because i was quite the dinosaur nerd at the time. I saw deinonychus but they said velociraptor...
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Re: raptors: actually pretty small animals

Postby michael24easilybored » Sat Apr 11, 2009 9:50 am UTC

I stand corrected

meh :P

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Re: raptors: actually pretty small animals

Postby The Mighty Thesaurus » Sat Apr 11, 2009 2:22 pm UTC

On the other hand, albatross are rather large.
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Re: raptors: actually pretty small animals

Postby Mous » Sat Apr 11, 2009 5:42 pm UTC

Sure, but while being attacked by one angry turkey may not be that terrifying, being attacked by 6+ angry turkeys is.
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Re: raptors: actually pretty small animals

Postby GoodRudeFun » Sat Apr 11, 2009 6:18 pm UTC

Can they still open doors with handles instead of knobs? And are they still violent pack hunters? because as the above poster mentioned: a pack of 6+ angry turkeys is no thanksgiving picnic.
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Re: raptors: actually pretty small animals

Postby rubber314chicken » Sat Apr 11, 2009 9:14 pm UTC

Either way I'm still raptor proofing my house this weekend.
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Re: raptors: actually pretty small animals

Postby wst » Sat Apr 11, 2009 9:33 pm UTC

Sure, they're small.


But now they can get through the downpipe from the toilet.
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Re: raptors: actually pretty small animals

Postby yazdi » Sun Apr 12, 2009 8:55 pm UTC

Mous wrote:Sure, but while being attacked by one angry turkey may not be that terrifying, being attacked by 6+ angry turkeys is.
Very much so.
I keep reading that as "a +6 angry turkey"

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Re: raptors: actually pretty small animals

Postby rubber314chicken » Sun Apr 12, 2009 11:26 pm UTC

wst wrote:Sure, they're small.


But now they can get through the downpipe from the toilet.


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Re: raptors: actually pretty small animals

Postby Verysillyman » Tue Apr 14, 2009 6:54 pm UTC

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Re: raptors: actually pretty small animals

Postby Armadillo Al » Tue Apr 14, 2009 9:15 pm UTC

Yes, keep on thinking that they're small and harmless...works just fine if you ask me.
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Re: raptors: actually pretty small animals

Postby SOSkanesumi ARK » Wed Apr 15, 2009 8:07 am UTC

for all intensive purposes, it doesnt matter, because of this( http://www.cheatcc.com/imagesx360/turok_12a.jpg)
this keeps happening to me! i dont wanna get eaten by a raptor in a vidgamagame!
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