Velociraptor is a genus of dromaeosaurid theropod dinosaur that existed approximately 83 to 70 million years ago during the later part of the Cretaceous Period.
There is only one universally recognized species, V. mongoliensis, although others have been attributed in the past.
Fossils of this species have been found in central Asia, from both Inner and Outer Mongolia.
Smaller than other dromaeosaurids like Deinonychus and Achillobator, the turkey-sized Velociraptor nevertheless shared many of the same anatomical features.
It was a bipedal carnivore with a long, stiffened tail and had an enlarged, sickle-shaped claw on each hindfoot, which is thought to have been used to kill its prey.
Velociraptor can be distinguished from other dromaeosaurids by its long and low skull, with an upturned snout.