The skeleton of Compsognathus was one of the first complete dinosaur skeletons ever found and as it turns out, also the smallest.

Although the length of Compsognathus is given as 3 ft (1 m), most of it is tail and neck. The body is about as big as a chicken.

Dino Facts

  • Pronounced: KOMP-sog-NAH-thus
  • Means: Pretty jaw
  • Size: 3 ft (1 m)
  • Where: Europe (Germany, France)
  • When: Late Jurassic
  • Diet: Carnivorous (small mammals, lizards)