Meaning - Compsognathus means “pretty jaw”
Carnivore (meat-eater) - Compsognathus caught and ate small animals, including insects and lizards. John Ostrom found fossilized remains from a Compsognathus’ stomach that contained the skeleton of the fast-running lizard Bavarisaurus.
Length - 28 inches-4.6 feet (0.7-1.4 m) long
|WHEN IT LIVED||
Late Jurassic period, about 155-145 million years ago
|WHERE IT LIVED||
Fossils have been found in Germany and France, Europe.
Compsognathus was first discovered by Dr. Oberndorfer in limestone deposits in the Riedenburg-Kelheim region of Bavaria, southern Germany in the late 1850’s. Compsognathus is known from two fossilized skeletons.
Compsognathus was about the size of a chicken and is one of the smallest-known dinosaurs. It walked on two long, thin legs, had three-toed feet, a small, pointed head with small, sharp teeth, hollow bones, and a long, flexible neck. Compsognathus had short arms with two clawed fingers on each hand. A long tail acted as a counterbalance and for stability during fast turns.