VR Jurassic Encyclopedia #11
Compsognathus dinosaur facts VR 360 video education
In this episode of VR Jurassic Encyclopedia, we will tell you about one of the smallest dinosaurs and more specifically Compsognathus. This dinosaur is a small bipedal carnivorous dinosaur that belongs to the theropod suborder. Interestingly, members of one species Compsognathus dinosaur can grow to the size of a Turkey.
Compsognathus lived about 150 million years ago in the Late Jurassic titanic era. The fact is that it is known from a fairly complete fossil skeleton. Many years ago this dinosaur was considered to be the smallest non-avialan dinosaur, but the discovery in later years Mahakala and Microraptor disproved this theory. Skeletons of Compsognathus were discovered in Germany and France. Unfortunately, the date of discovery of the German specimen is not possible to determine while the French specimen was discovered around 1971. The discovery of the dinosaur skeletons confirmed that it was quite a small dinosaur because its length was estimated from 70cm to 1.4m. It is also estimated that the German specimen weighed from 0.32kg to 0.58kg, while the French from 2.5kg to even 3.5kg. Knowing its dimensions you can compare it to the size of a modern chicken.
As for the diet of Compsognathus, it is certainly known in the case of this dinosaur. In the abdomen of the discovered specimens, remains of small lizards were preserved. The lizard remains were identified as belonging to the genus Bavarisaurus. Because this type of lizard was fast and agile, it is hypothesized that Compsognathus was a dinosaur that had sharp eyesight and the ability to accelerate quickly, allowing it to hunt such agile lizards. The discovered remains of the lizard were preserved whole, which means that this dinosaur swallowed its prey whole.
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