Microvenator

Microvenator celer

  • Pronounced:  My-crow -Ven - ah - tor

  • Diet:  Carnivore (Meat-Eater)

  • Name Means:  "Small Hunter"

  • Length:  4 feet (1.2 m)

  • Height:  2 feet (.7 m)

  • Weight:  7 pounds (3 kilos)

  • Time:  Early Cretaceous - 130 MYA

Fossil remains for this Dinosaur have been found in Western U.S

Microvenator was one of the smallest known meat-eating dinosaurs, and it shows that dinosaurs filled a variety of ecological niches in the Mesozoic. While the giant meat-eaters were hunting and killing the huge plant-eaters, there had to be some small killers to keep the little creatures under control. Microvenator was only about twice as large as Compsognathus  , who lived many tens of millions of years earlier.

Very little is known about this small predator. Discovered almost 100 years ago, it was not described until 1970. It has been assigned to a number of different families, including Coeluridae, Maniraptora, Oviraptor  dae and Ornithomimidae. It has been reconstructed variously with a large head, feathers and beak.



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