Which is the smallest dinosaur

Which was the smallest dinosaur?


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Which was the smallest dinosaur?

The giants among the dinosaurs are known, but there were also very tiny ones. Which was the smallest dinosaur? Dennis from Cologne would like to know.

Of course, you can't say that exactly, because you can only go after what the researchers have found.

One of the smallest carnivores was the Compsognathus with a length of one meter. He walked on two legs and was about the size of a chicken. In a fossilized find, between the ribs of the small predatory dinosaur, researchers recognized the bone of a lizard. Hence it is known that the Compsognathus ate meat. One of these dwarf dinosaurs was found in Jachenhausen near Riedenburg in Bavaria in 1858. This Compsognathus lived in the Jurassic period about 150 million years ago and, with a total length of 65 centimeters, was only as big as a domestic cat today.

The early bird-foot dinosaur species were also small, petite, and agile. They were light, only 90 cm to one meter long, fast-running herbivores from Africa that lived 200 million years ago. Such a specimen was, for example, the Lesothosaurus (lizard from Lesotho). He had long hind legs with four toes and five short fingers on his hands. He ate leaves, shoots and buds.

The smallest herbivore was only about 50 centimeters long, but it has a mighty name: Microchpachycephalosaurus. That means something like "very small stubborn lizard". It was also only the size of a chicken. The thick-headed dinosaurs (pachycepahlosaurs) were also called ram dinosaurs. They have particularly thick skull bones, which the males probably fought with, like the rams.

The smallest dinosaur ever found was only 37 centimeters long. It was a mussaurus that was discovered in Argentina. However, the Mussaurs are not the smallest species, rather the find was a young animal of the genus Plateosaurus.

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