Compsognathus is a small dinosaur that ran on two feet and lived about 150 million years ago during the late jurassic period. it was a carnivore that was about 4 feet long, 10 inches tall at the hips and weighed approximately 7 pounds. because of its small size it probably preyed on other small dinosaurs, insects and lizards. although it is small, many paleontologists believe that this dinosaur was pretty fast and could run at speeds around 40 miles per hour.
compsognathus was first discovered in 1859 in southern germany by dr. oberndorfer. another fossil of this dinosaur was found in france during the early 1970s. these two specimens are the only ones that paleontologists have to work with in studying and classifying this small, fast running carnivore.
an interesting fact is that when the first skeleton of compsognathus was found, it only had two fingers on each hand so paleontologists believed that is what this dinosaur had. however, when the second fossil was found in france, it was clearly evident that this dinosaur had three fingers on each hand instead of two.
The mosquito in this amber was trapped in tree resin around 20 million years ago, around 46 million years after dinosaurs such as t. rex, triceratops and troodon went extinct.
in the jurassic park film franchise, a dna-filled mosquito preserved in amber is the starting point for bringing dinosaurs back from the dead. but is this a scientific possibility or confined to fiction?
dr susie maidment, a dinosaur researcher at the museum, says: 'we do have mosquitos and biting flies from the time of the dinosaurs and they do preserve in amber. but when amber preserves things, it tends to preserve the husk, not the soft tissues. so you don't get blood preserved inside mosquitos in amber.' this means that jurassic park is probably not possible exactly as michael crichton wrote it. but the search for dinosaur dna doesn't end there.
read our article to hear from susie about her own search for dinosaur dna and some of the ethical as well as technical challenges of bringing back extinct animals: nhm.ac.uk/dinosaurs #dinosaurs#jurassicworld#jurassicpark#fallenkingdom#prehistoric#fossilreptiles#mesozoicera#fossils#palaeontology#paleontology#museum#research#naturalhistory#naturalhistorymuseum#science#nature
find differences between this and my previous post, another species of genus mesopuzosia. this one is m. pacifica and the other is m. yubarensis. this one is slightly older.