The compsognathus will be dearly missed.The Compsognathus longpipes, nicknamed the compsognathus, lived about 105 million years ago in Europe, during the Late Jurassic Period.

Interesting Facts

The compsognathus is interesting in many ways. One is that its tail was very important because it acted as a counterbalance and for stability during fast turns. It is one of the smallest known dinosaurs that has ever existed, it is about the size of a chicken. The compsognathus was also one of the fastest dinosaurs. Today, this dinosaur would be able to outrun a horse. The compsognathus is not known to have feathers.


The compsognathus had one close relative, the Archaeopteryx, it was a type of bird that is not alive today.

Way of Life

The compsognathus could outrun any larger dinosaurs that acted as its prey or predators. The speed of the compsognathus was very important to its way of life because it ate small, agile lizards and insects. The compsognathus stood upright on two legs and had very sharp teeth. The sharp teeth were extremely useful because its head was about the size of a human palm.

Extinction and Conclusion

The reason the compsognathus became extinct is unknown. The compsognathus will not be forgotten.


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