The ‘Velociraptor’ captivated an entire generation of moviegoers as it was featured in films portraying it as a vicious dinosaur. You may imagine a herd of the fictional versions of these dinosaurs tearing into beasts larger than a T-rex or being especially clever girls. Reality is often disappointing, though. To illustrate that point, we’re going to imagine a fight between Velociraptor vs Giganotosaurus.
We’ll show you precisely why this matchup isn’t as exciting as some may wish.
Comparing a Velociraptor and a Giganotosaurus
|Weight: 20lbs-33lbs, perhaps up to 50lbs
Height: 1.5-2.5ft tall overall.
|Weight: 8,400 -17,600lbs
|Speed and Movement Type
|– 10-24 mph
– Bipedal striding
|– 31 mph
– Bipedal striding
|– Large size
– Quick movement speed
– Good senses to detect movement and the presence of other creatures
|– 3-inch claw on the second toe of each foot
– Swift, agile attacker that could balance on its feet while attacking
– 28 teeth serrated on the back edge
– Attacked by leaping at and pinning prey, finishing them shortly after
|-6,000 PSI bite power
-76 serrated teeth
– 8-inch teeth
– Sharp claws
– Ability to ram and knock over foes
|– Hunted alone rather than in packs as portrayed in the films
– Attempted to cut the vital neck areas of prey
|– Likely would attack large prey with teeth and claws and wait for them to bleed
– May have worked in groups with others
What Are Key Differences Between a Velociraptor and a Giganotosaurus?
The most significant differences between a Velociraptor and Giganotosaurus include their size and morphology. The Velociraptor was a small bipedal theropod standing just about 2ft tall and weighing up to 50lbs with a feathered body, notably long claws on its hands and feet and a long tail, but the Giganotosaurus was a massive theropod with a large head, powerful long legs, and a long tail that could weigh over 17,600lbs, stand 20ft tall, and grow 45ft long.
It should be abundantly clear that the Velociraptor was a rather small dinosaur, especially compared to the largest carnivore dinosaurs that existed. This initial comparison basically answers the question of which dinosaur would win a fight, but we’re going to perform a deep dive and compare several facets of these animals.
What Are the Key Factors in a Fight Between a Velociraptor and a Giganotosaurus?
The most important factors in a battle between Velociraptor and Giganotosaurus are size and offensive capabilities. However, this fight deserves due diligence, so we’re going to examine five different facets of these animals, show which creature has the advantage in each situation, and determine the winner of the battle.
Velociraptor vs Giganotosaurus: Size
A Giganotosaurus is much larger than a Velociraptor. Evidence suggests that the Velociraptor was about the size of a large turkey, weighing up to 50lbs, standing 1.5ft to 2.5ft tall at its utmost, and measuring perhaps 6ft long. The Giganotosaurus weighed 17,600lbs or up to 30,000lbs, stood up to 20ft tall, and measured 45ft long.
Giganotosaurus has the size advantage.
Velociraptor vs Giganotosaurus: Speed and Movement
A Giganotosaurus is faster than a Velociraptor. The Velociraptor is believed to be somewhat swift, running between 10 mph and 24 mph using bipedal strides. The Giganotosaurus could move at speeds up to 31 mph, more than fast enough to catch its prey.
Giganotosaurus has the speed advantage in this situation.
Velociraptor vs Giganotosaurus: Defenses
The Velociraptor did not have a lot in the way of defenses. They had their speed and agility to keep them safe from others, but they would be an easy kill for very large predators.
The Giganotosaurus was an apex predator in its range. It was larger, stronger, and deadlier than anything else, so it did not have predators once it was fully grown.
Giganotosaurus had the advantage in terms of defenses.
Velociraptor vs Giganotosaurus: Offensive Capabilities
While small, the Velociraptor was very capable when it came to attacking other animals. One thing that the films got right was that the Velociraptor had a long, 3-inch, sickle-shaped claw on each of its feet that it would use to attack prey.
This dinosaur was fast, agile, and could maintain its balance while leaping and attacking prey. However, this animal did not try to disembowel prey. Instead, it would use its claws to strike vital points like the neck and head. Otherwise, it used these claws to restrain prey while biting with its serrated teeth.
The Giganotosaurus was a massive dinosaur that would use its speed and weight to topple prey at the start of an attack. Then, it would use its massive head and powerful jaws to bite the prey, driving 76, 8-inch teeth into its prey with a force of 6,000 PSI, tearing flesh and ending most fights in seconds.
Both dinosaurs are surprisingly adept at fighting.
Velociraptor vs Giganotosaurus: Predatory Behavior
The Velociraptor was most likely an independent opportunistic predator that tried to end fights with deep cuts to vital organs. They could easily chase down smaller prey and even challenge dinosaurs their size.
The Giganotosaurus was an opportunistic predator that hunted down prey with its speed and size. This dinosaur may have hunted with others as a juvenile, but certainly not as an adult. Their attacks may have been direct, overwhelming predation, or may have been attacks that made their prey bleed out before they finished them off.
All in all, neither dinosaur had a type of predation that would impact this fight.
Who Would Win in a Fight Between a Velociraptor and a Giganotosaurus?
A Giganotosaurus would win a fight against a Velociraptor with ease. This is not even a contest. The Giganotosaurus would easily kill and eat Velociraptor like a human eating a pigeon. The Giganotosaurus would only need a single bite to put an end to this annoyance and get a small meal.
The “threat” posed by a Velociraptor would not even register to a Giganotosaurus. The size difference between these animals would make this fight incredibly easy for Giganotosaurus to win and utterly impossible for a Velociraptor.
The only way the Velociraptor wins this fight is by not participating.
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