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A group devoted to raptors, dedicated to preserving and promoting the raptor legacy. Those who do not support us will become our prey!

Please read our covenant, The Raptor Code, before applying for membership.

Keywords: Cretaceous, Deinonychus, Dinosaur, Dinosaurs, Dromeosaur, Dromeosaurids, Jurassic, Theropod, Troodon, Utahraptor, Velociraptor
Founded 10 Years ago
Jul 25, 2006


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Hello raptorial ones!

I am posting here with permission from our illustrious admins in order to advertise my forum and invite any and all of you to come check it out. It's called Mesozoic Outpost and, while it's been around for a while, it's in need of a bit of an activity boost so I've been trying to recruit some new members.

The forum has all kinds of people: raptor fans, paleontology enthusiasts, therians, gamers, and roleplay enthusiasts, so there's probably a niche there for anyone who'd like to join. It's got a fairly laid-back atmosphere and we welcome all types of raptors, feathered or scaly, spiritual or academic - as long as you play nice. :) There's a Mature Discussion section for anyone above 18.

Please come by and enjoy your stay!

-EWilloughby, formerly Ferahgo the Assassin
On Monday, news surfaced of a strange new dromaeosaur from the late Cretaceous of Romania. Its name is Balaur bondoc and it was around the size of (and most closely related to) the well-known Velociraptor. This is no ordinary dromaeosaur, though - it has several bizarre anatomical features that set it apart from any raptor yet discovered.

The most notable of these is the presence of double sickle claws on each foot. The second toe in dromaeosaurids is the one that typically sports the unique large retractable claw that's common to the clade, but in Balaur the first toe - usually a tiny hallux in other theropods - has been modified through evolution to mimic the appearance and function of the second. This strange feature is no random mutation, either. The paleontologist responsible for its discovery, Zoltán Csiki of the University of Bucharest, makes it clear in his PNAS publication that this new raptor exhibits a fair number of unusual features that are specific to its powerful toes, feet and legs. These are called "autapomorphies" and, when in association like this, are very unlikely to be single, random mutations, though they may look that way at first glance.

Other odd features of Balaur include its unusually short, stout skeletal structure and limbs. Its name means "stocky dragon" in Romanian and refers to its unusual heftiness. Also peculiar are its hands, which contain a reduced and completely nonfunctional third finger. The atrophied state of its hands, along with the powerful structure of its legs and feet, indicate that the animal probably hunted primarily with the weapons on the lower half of its body.

For more information, please see the Wikipedia article as well its accompanying illustration.
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The Raptor Code

:dalove: Who Can Join The Pack

Raptors4Ever is a restricted group. Membership status in our group is special, and means the deviant is a raptor artist or otherwise especially devoted to our cause.

If you're a fan of raptors, but don't meet the criteria below for a raptor artist, you can still deviantWATCH us, and get all the same updates as members do!

Applying members should have at least two Dromaeosaurids in their gallery that meet the standards required for submission, and/or have an established raptor character that identifies them. Group administrators might consider other criteria at their discretion, such as group contributions.

You must provide a comment i.e. linking to your deviations, when you apply, otherwise you will be declined immediately.

:deviation: Submitting Art

Standards: We welcome completed artwork that is shaded or colored.

Subject: We accept representations of real, known species of theropods and dromeosaurs. We will not accept skeletons or fossils. Anthro creatures that are strictly raptor-like and depicted in a natural environment will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. Mature content will also be reviewed. In general, we prefer subjects without violence and gore.

Originals: Submissions must be entirely your own work. Collaborations are allowed, if we receive a note of approval from everyone who contributed.

Category: Put your submission into the correct category by species. You cannot submit to the 'Featured' category.

Approval: All submissions from regular members will be reviewed by the group administrators. If too many submissions come in at once, we shall release them over a period of time to prevent members from being spammed.

:note: Blogging

Members can blog, if the blog is dinosaur or group-related. Starting discussions or debates, and posting great tutorials, important news, or anything of the sort are allowed and encouraged. However, group administrators will still have to approve your blog before it is officially posted.

:earth: How to Link to us

Support us by linking to our club in your signature:

Don't forget to put the club's avatar in your journal entry:

(Remember that icons don't work in your signature!)


We get quite a lot of affiliation requests from small, newly-created groups, we need groups to have at least 25 members before we consider joining up with them.
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Only Members can submit blogs and deviations and require admins to vote before approval. See Who Can Join The Pack above.

Contributors can invite new members and vote to approve member submissions. Submissions are automatically approved.

You can request to join Contributors at any time, and we'll review it. If you make a good number of contributions as a member, we might promote you ourselves!





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ThePastHappened Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hi, I made a request to join but I haven't gotten anything back yet.
RAPTORHEARTthe4 Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2016  Student
yes finally i get to join a pack yesssssssssssssssssssTom YES 
Lord-of-the-Stars Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2015
Ah now this place looks delightful :)
bf5kid Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2015
Would someone please help me with this…

It would be a big help to me?
JPLover764 Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2015
Could I join?
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