Means: Swift Robber

Period: Middle Jurassic, 174.1 to 163.5 million years ago

Region: Asia, North America and the UK

These mischievous raptors are called Deinonychus. ‘Raptors’ belong to a family of dinosaurs called dromaeosaurs. Dromaeosaurs are theropods that were all meat-eating. They first appeared in the Middle Jurassic and became extinct at the end of the Cretaceous Period, around 66 million years ago. Due to some incredible discoveries, we know that dromaeosaurs would have been covered in some form of feathers or ‘fuzz’. Although Deinonychus has yet to be found with feathers or ‘fuzz’, it is highly likely it too was feathered, sort of like a big, vicious turkey!