Name: Vectiraptor ‭(‬Vectis/Isle of Wight thief‭)‬.
Phonetic: Vek-te-rap-tor.
Named By: Nicholas R.‭ ‬Longrich,‭ ‬David M.‭ ‬Martill‭ & ‬Megan L.‭ ‬Jacobs‭ ‬-‭ ‬2021.
Classification: Chordata,‭ ‬Dinosauria,‭ ‬Saurischia,‭ ‬Theropoda,‭ ‬Dromaeosauridae,‭ ‬Eudromaeosauria.
Species: V.‭ ‬greeni‭ (‬type‭)‬.
Diet: Carnivore.
Size: Uncertain due to lack of fossil remains.‭ ‬Original describers considered the holotype individual dinosaur to have been two and half to three meters long in life.
Known locations: United Kingdom,‭ ‬England,‭ ‬Isle of Wight‭ [‬Compton Bay‭] ‬-‭ ‬Wessex Formation.
Time period: Barremian of the Cretaceous.
Fossil representation: Partial sacrum and some dorsal vertebrae.

       First described in‭ ‬2021,‭ ‬Vectiraptor is a genus of dromaeosaurid dinosaur that lived in what is now England during the early Cretaceous.‭ ‬Although only described from a very few bones,‭ ‬analysis of these have yielded the conclusion that Vectiraptor was probably a member of the Eudromaeosauria sub group of the Dromaeosauridae.‭ ‬We would then expect the living Vectiraptor to look something similar to other‭ ‬eudromaeosaurian dinosaurs,‭ ‬such as the famous Deinonychus from North America.‭ ‬This may also indicate that faunal interchanges between North America and Europe that seem to have been common in the Jurassic were still proceeding at‭ ‬least into the early Cretaceous‭ (‬It is worth remembering that the Atlantic Ocean at that time was much smaller than it is today‭)‬.‭ ‬Analysis of growth patterns on the fossil bones indicates that‭ ‬the‭ ‬individual that became the holotype of Vectiraptor was somewhere between twenty and thirty years old at the time of death.
       The literal translation of Vectiraptor to English means‭ ‘‬Vectis thief‭’‬.‭ ‬The Vectis part of this is Latin and is an old name for the Isle of Wight,‭ ‬an island off the southern coast of England.

Further reading
-‭ ‬A new dromaeosaurid dinosaur from the Wessex Formation‭ (‬Lower Cretaceous,‭ ‬Barremian‭) ‬of the Isle of Wight,‭ ‬and implications for European palaeobiogeography.‭ ‬-‭ ‬Cretaceous Research:‭ ‬105123.‭ ‬-‭ ‬Nicholas R.‭ ‬Longrich,‭ ‬David M.‭ ‬Martill‭ & ‬Megan L.‭ ‬Jacobs‭ ‬-‭ ‬2021.


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