Compsognathus was a carnivore. It lived in the Jurassic period and inhabited Europe. Its fossils have been found in places such as Alentejo (Portugal), Free State of Bavaria (Germany) and Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur (France).

Quick facts about Compsognathus:

  • Existed from 157.3 million years ago to 145 million years ago
  • Lived in a terrestrial habitat
  • Was a insectivore
  • Reproduced by laying eggs
  • Had a body mass of approximately 2.5 kg
  • 3 different specimens have been found by paleontologists

All the Compsognathus illustrations below were collected from the internet. Enjoy and explore:

Compsognathus was described by the following scientific paper(s):
  • C. Brauckmann. 1978. Beitrag zur Flora der Grube Guimarota (Ober-Jura; Mittel-Portugal). Geologica et Palaeontologica 12:213-222
  • A. Bidar and L. Demay. 1972. Compsognathus corallestris, nouvelle espèce de dinosaurien théropode du Portlandien de Canjuers (sud-est de la France). Annales du Musée d'Histoire Naturelle de Nice 1(1):1-34
  • J. A. Wagner. 1861. Neue Beiträge zur Kenntniss der urweltlichen Fauna des lithographischen Schiefers [New contributions to the knowledge of the ancient fauna of the lithographic slates]. Abhandlungen der königlichen bayerische Akademie der Wissenschaft, II Classe 9(1):65-124