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Procompsognathus Fact Sheet
Dinosaur/Paleontology Dictionary
NAME: Meaning - Procompsognathus means "before Compsognathus" (which means pretty jaw)
Pronounced - pro-komp-SOG-na-thus
Named By - Eberhard Fraas
When Named - 1913
DIET: Carnivore (meat-eater) - it ate tiny animals like insects, small mammals, and other reptiles.
SIZE: Length - under 3.8 feet (1.2 m) long
Height - 10 inches (26 cm) tall at the hips
Weight - 2.2 pounds (1 kg)
WHEN IT LIVED: The Triassic period, about 222 to 219 million years ago.
WHERE IT LIVED: Fossils have been found in Germany, Europe.
FOSSILS: Fragmentary remains have been found.
  • Kingdom Animalia (animals)
  • Phylum Chordata (having a hollow nerve chord ending in a brain)
  • Class Archosauria (diapsids with socket-set teeth, etc.)
  • Order Saurischia - lizard-hipped dinosaurs
  • Suborder Theropoda - bipedal carnivores
  • Family Coelophysoidea - early theropods with a kink in the upper snout, towards the tip
  • Genus Procompsognathus
  • Species P. triassicus (type species named by E. Fraas, 1913)
Procompsognathus was one of the tiniest dinosaurs, and one of the earliest.

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