Procompsognathus

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NameProcompsognathus
Diet
Weight1 kg
Length1 meter
Height0.25 meters
Period
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Procompsognathus was an extinct genus of coelophid theropod dinosaur that lived during the Late Triassic Period, about 222 to 219 million years ago. It means "before Compsognathus" or "pretty jaw". 

In 1909, Procompsognathus was discovered by Albert Burrer on the northern slope of the Stromberg region near Pfaffenheim in Württemberg, Germany.

Unfortunately, it is difficult to determine the exact identity of this dinosaur. The remains of this dinosaur were of low quality; however, it was indeed a bipedal carnivore that ate tiny animals such as insects, small mammals and other reptiles. But the big question remained: whether it was a late archosaur similar to the bipedal Marasuchus or a primitive theropod dinosaur. In addition, it had long hind legs, short arms, large clawed hands, a long slender snout with many small teeth, and a stiff tail. 

They could grow to about 3.8 feet long, 10 inches high at the hips, and weighed 2.2 pounds.

What is the difference between Compsognathus and Procompsognathus?

Procompsognathus came from the late Triassic period, while Compsognathus came from the late Jurassic period. Both have the same size chicks but it was a larger species that was recently discovered. 

What did Procompsognathus eat?

Several things were still uncertain about Procompsognathus, but one thing is certain: this dinosaur was a carnivore that ate tiny animals such as insects, small mammals and other reptiles. 

When did you discover Procompsognathus?

In 1909, Procompsognathus was discovered by Albert Burrer on the northern slope of the Stromberg region near Pfaffenheim in Württemberg, Germany.

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  • Liddell, Henry George y Robert Scott (1980). A Greek-English Lexicon (Abridged Edition) (in English). United Kingdom: Oxford University Press. ISBN 0-19-910207-4. 
  • Fraas, 1912. Jahresh. Ver. Naturk. Wuerttemberg. 68:66-67.
  • Ostrom, 1981. Procompsognathus - theropod or thecodont?. Palaeontographica. Beiträge zur Naturgeschichte der Vorzeit. Abteilung A: Paläozoologie, Stratigraphie 175 p. 179-195.
  • Rauhut and Hungerbuhler (2000). "A review of European Triassic theropods." Gaia 15, 75-88.
  • "neotheropoda". Archived since the original on December 7, 2009. 
  • Allen (2004). "The phylogenetic status of Procompsognathus revisited." Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, 24(3)
  • Sereno, Paul C.Wild, Rupert (December 1992). "Procompsognathus: theropod, "thecodont" or both?". Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 12 (4): 435-458.  The reference uses the obsolete parameter |day= (help)
  • Chatterjee, 1993. Procompsognathus from the Triassic of Germany is not a crocodylomorph. Abstract, Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, 13(3): 29A.
  • Carrano, M.T, Hutchinson, J.R, Sampson, S.D. (2005). "New information on Segisaurus hallia small theropod dinosaur from the Early Jurassic of Arizona." Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology. 25(4):835-849.
  • "Coelophysoidea". Archived since the original on December 20, 2012. 
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Fun Facts

  • It was a theropod dinosaur.
  • Its name means "before Compsognathus" or "pretty jaw". 
  • It was a bipedal carnivore.
  • Discovered by Albert Burrer in 1909.
  • It was the size of a chicken, but the recent discovery was about the size of a turkey.

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