Did you know that some of the smallest dinosaurs that have ever been found were only about a foot long?

Did you know that some of the smallest dinosaurs that have ever been found were only about a foot long?

Compsognathus - Greek for "pretty jaw." About the size of a chicken or turkey, it is one of the smallest known dinosaurs.

Compsognathus - Compsognathus which means "pretty jaw" is possibly the smallest dinosaur to exist at 28 inches o/a length Species: C. longipes (type species named by Wagner, 1859 )

With its feathers and four, count 'em, four primitive wings (one set each on its forearms and hind legs), the early Cretaceous Microraptor might easily have been mistaken for a bizarrely mutated pigeon. This was, however, a genuine raptor, albeit one that only measured about two feet from head to tail and weighed a few pounds soaking wet. Befitting its tiny size, paleontologists believe that Microraptor subsisted on a diet of insects.

Some dinosaurs and prehistoric animals were very, very small rather than very, very big. Here's a list of the 20 smallest prehistoric creatures.

Meet Microraptor, the World's Smallest Dinosaur: Microraptor Is Known From Hundreds of Fossil Specimens

Meet Microraptor, the World's Smallest Dinosaur

Microraptor gui cast - Microraptor - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

These 20 Creatures Could Fit in a Prehistoric Breadbox: Smallest Raptor - Microraptor (Two Pounds)

These 20 Creatures Could Fit in a Prehistoric Breadbox

Microraptor gliding in pursuit of a prey item. There are good reasons for thinking that Microraptor really did behave this way, and that it had black, iridescent plumage.

These Dinosaurs Could Fit in a Prehistoric Breadbox: Smallest Raptor - Microraptor

These 20 Creatures Could Fit in a Prehistoric Breadbox

Meet Microraptor, the World's Smallest Dinosaur: Microraptor Had Four, Rather Than Two, Wings

Meet Microraptor, the World's Smallest Dinosaur: How Much Do You Know About Microraptor?

Meet Microraptor, the World's Smallest Dinosaur

Meet Microraptor, the World's Smallest Dinosaur: Microraptor Was an Evolutionary "Dead End"

Meet Microraptor, the World's Smallest Dinosaur

Microraptor is one of the world's most astonishing feathered dinosaurs, possessing four, rather than two, wings. Here are some essential Microraptor facts.

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