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InGen Carnivore Profile:

Deinonychus






Name Meaning: Terrible Claw

Nickname: Deinon-Raptor

Timeline: Early Cretaceous (115-108 mya)

Diet: Carnivore

Family:  Dromaeosauridae, Dromaeosaurinae, Eudromaeosauridae, Maniraptora, Coelurosauria

Length: 11 feet long

Height: 5 feet tall

Weight: 160 lbs

Range: Isla Sorna, Isla Muerta


Description

Despite being mistaken for the oversized Velociraptor specimens at first sight, Deinonychus more than likely is distinguishable by it's color patterns. A small carnivore with the ferocity of a large one, Deinonychus is among the most dangerous of InGen's dinosaurs as well as one of the smartest. Alone they pose no such threat to large herbivores, but in organized packs, they're a force to be reckoned with. Two variants of this dinosaur exist, with the featherless and slightly bigger type, nicknamed D.sornatus, living on Isla Sorna while the accurately feathered type lives on Isla Muerta. 


Habitat


On Isla Sorna, Deinonychus is widespread in the North and South regions where they are often sympatric with Velociraptor sornaensis in the deep jungle and dense forest environments. Though they are sometimes diurnal, they are more adapted with hunting at night.

The feathered Deinonychus on Isla Muerta make their homes in tall grasslands where they wait for unsuspecting prey to wander through. However, there have also been sightings of them living and hunting around valleys.


Behavior


Although small in size, Deinonychus, like most raptors, are regarded as being extremely dangerous carnivores. They are also seen to have a social hierarchy, often forming packs consisting of dominant leaders and several subordinates. All members of the pack share the responsibility of raising the offspring by providing them with food and care. During group feedings, there is an established pecking order in which the alpha leaders and their offspring eat first, with the lower ranked members following suit. Those who try to eat without consent will instantly be met with aggression from the leaders, with the victims usually receiving snarls or even bites on the snout for insubordination. 

Upon reaching full maturity, young Deinonychus will remain with the pack as higher ranked members for a time until they are forced to leave or become subordinates once their parents have a new batch of offspring. Those who leave the pack will go off to start a new pack of their own.

Rival males will actively seek out and challenge an alpha male for control of their pack. The alpha will immediately step up to fight the rival, with the outcome being random.

Aside from this, Deinonychus is also regarded as a known man-eater. Next to the infamous Velociraptor, Deinonychus is one of the most deadliest man-eaters, with a record of at least 70 human deaths, which ranks above the Megalosaurus kill record of 50 human deaths, but ranks below the Black Devil Carnotaur's kill record of 88 human deaths and Velociraptor's surprising kill record of 99 human deaths, with all the victims being hunters and poachers.


Hunting


Similar to wolves and wild dogs, Deinonychus are intelligent specialists who hunt in packs to bring down large prey items. They operate in a strategic hunting method in which they would chase the prey down, pushing it to exhaustion before ultimately proceeding to swarm around it, leaping onto the prey and gravely wounding it with their natural weapons, including their famous sickle claws. 

Solitary Deinonychus however adapt to a different strategy by hunting down certain types of smaller prey. Upon catching up to it's target, Deinonychus would then leap onto the prey, pinning it down with it's sickle claws before proceeding to finish it off.

When in groups, Deinonychus targets medium to large prey like Tenontosaurus, Maiasaura, Parasaurolophus, Corythosaurus, Iguanodon, Gryposaurus, Hypacrosaurus, Ouranosaurus, Bellusaurus, Magyarosaurus, Bactrosaurus, Brachylophosaurus, Gilmoreosaurus, Gallimimus, Fukuisaurus, Pachycephalosaurus and Rhabdodon. On occasion, reports of Deinonychus packs attacking juvenile specimens of Edmontosaurus, Lambeosaurus and Shantungosaurus have been filed.

On the other hand, lone individuals subsist on hunting Ornithomimus, Dryosaurus, Thescelosaurus, Valdosaurus, Struthiomimus, Homalocephale, Drinker, Atlascopcosaurus, Psittacosaurus, Leptoceratops, Protoceratops, Zuniceratops and Prenocephale.


Interspecific Competition


On Isla Sorna, Deinonychus frequently comes into competition with other predators. They are known to constantly lose kills to the likes of larger theropod predators such as Tyrannosaurus, Carcharodontosaurus, Giganotosaurus, Carnotaurus, Mapusaurus, Allosaurus, Megalosaurus, Albertosaurus, Ceratosaurus, Aucasaurus, Rugops, Cryolophosaurus, Torvosaurus, Metriacanthosaurus, and their natural enemy, Acrocanthosaurus.

But to date, their most prominent enemies on Sorna are Velociraptor and Utahraptor. The three raptor species are known to be sympatric in certain areas of the North and South regions. Pack wars between the three species sometimes occur when competing for territory with the best hunting grounds. Utahraptor for the most part tends to dominate both of the smaller species at kills that have been made by them, though there are a few rare instances of Deinonychus managing to defend their kills from Utahraptor.

On Isla Muerta, Deinonychus regularly meets competition ranging from Ceratosaurus, Aucasaurus and Rugops to Majungasaurus, Deltadromeus, Piatnitkzysaurus, Herrerasaurus, Dryptosaurus, Rajasaurus and Abelisaurus. In addition, it also contends with non-dinosaurian predators like Postosuchus, Saurosuchus, Dimetrodon, Inostrancevia and Ornithosuchus, with Piatnitzkysaurus and Dimetrodon being their primary enemies.


It took me some time to type all this, but I've now made a profile for Deinonychus. And once again I expanded things by including two different variants of the same dinosaur. The featherless variant I refer to as D.sornatus to get rid of confusion and the accurately feathered D.antirrhopus.

Now then, the next predator I write about will be.....

:icontyrannosaurusrexplz: ROAARRRRRRRRRRR!

That's right, Tyrannosaurus Rex. The Tyrant Lizard King is the next one to

 *The T.Rex shakes it's head*

What do you mean you're not up next?

*The T.Rex snarls*

What's that, I should write your profile a little later. Okay, then who should I write about next?

*The T.Rex gives a low growl.*

Piatnitzkysaurus, Deltadromeus, Daspletosaurus and Carcharodontosaurus, well okay then. These theropods could use some attention.

*The T.Rex nods and then walks away.*

Sorry, couldn't resist doing that. ^^;

Anyway, tune in next time for Piatnitzkysaurus.

Jurassic Park belongs to Universal Studios.

This is what I see as compatible sounds for this dinosaur: www.youtube.com/watch?v=MIXgU2…
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Paleo-Beast-Emperor Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The featherless variety on Isla Sorna renamed to eliminate confusion and its feathered counterpart on Isla Muerta- nice! *gives a thumbs up*
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