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Palaeontologists have only had the chance to study two Compsognathus skeletons, so our knowledge has plenty of gaps. For instance, we don’t even know how many fingers it has! 6 poun ra g o il k 3 t h Weig Food Meat s Tiny size Special feature Tyrannosaurus rex. However, some palaeontologists argue that it is far more likely to have three and that the remains of the third fingers have been separated from the rest of its body. 55 Bird-like One school of thought suggests that Compsognathus might be covered in feathers.

Palaeontologists have only had the chance to study two Compsognathus skeletons, so our knowledge has plenty of gaps. For instance, we don’t even know how many fingers it has! 6 poun ra g o il k 3 t h Weig Food Meat s Tiny size Special feature Tyrannosaurus rex. However, some palaeontologists argue that it is far more likely to have three and that the remains of the third fingers have been separated from the rest of its body. 55 Bird-like One school of thought suggests that Compsognathus might be covered in feathers.

It has pebbly skin, rather like a lizard, with bigger bumps near the spine. However, its two arms are very short – even shorter than Tyrannosaurus rex’s – so paleontologists aren’t sure what they are used for. TRIASSIC JURASSIC CRETACEOUS 46 Caudipteryx China is proving to be one of the new hot spots for dinosaur watching. As new finds come to light, such as Caudipteryx, for example, visits to China should help our understanding of how dinosaurs developed and evolved. No flying Despite having feathers, Caudipteryx cannot fly.

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