The "Velociraptors" of Jurassic Park Explained.828 Views4 RepliesAdd A Reply
With Jurassic World: Dominion set to release in less than a month, it's inevitable that people are going to bring up complaints about the scientific accuracy of the dinosaurs shown in the films again. At this point a lot of these complaints have been repeated over and over again to the point of being redundant, specifically the complaints surrounding the depictions of the Velociraptors in the series. People will constantly bring up the fact that real velociraptors were much smaller and covered in feathers and will then use this information to bash the series, often stating that "Jurassic Park/World is Wrong!" or going as far to claim that "The series doesn't care about science!" or even that "Jurassic Park/World is harmful to paleontology!", while conveniently ignoring certain facts and details that went into the development of novels and films, as well as some of the paleontological theories that were around at the time of their development. Needless to say, it's starting to get old.
So before all the repetitive articles with their click-bait "Jurassic Park Got This Dinosaur Wrong!" titles and the whiney complaints of the Paleo Community start popping up again (because God knows they will), it should be brought up that the Velociraptors in Jurassic Park aren't technically Velociraptors (at least not the species that we currently know of), but are, in fact, heavily based on its relative, Deinonychus.
This video by Jurassic Park YouTuber, Klayton Fioriti, goes into more detail on this subject. A video that, in my opinion, should be given more attention from both Jurassic Park fans and the Paleo Community.
Note: I tried to put the video in the topic, but I kept having errors
What I know is that Micheal Critchon originally said they were Deinonychus. But with living animals we do not refer to them by scientific names but by common names. And many different animals are called the same. So because Velociraptor sounds coolest, its just a group name.
Even if you ignore the idea of the JP raptors being Deinonychus that are going by the name of "Velociraptor antirrhopus", (which some of the more recent JP/JW content does) you could argue that they are a different subspecies of velociraptor or that they fall into the "Velociraptorinae" group (which Deinonychus is occasionally included in).
I feel like I made a topic on this several years ago on this website