Pterospondylus

Pterospondylus trielbae

  • Pronounced:  tear - o - Spon - dye - luss

  • Diet:  Carnivore(meat-eater)

  • Name Means:  "Wing Vertebrae"

  • Length:  6 ft.(2 meters)

  • Height:  3 ft.(1 meters)

  • Weight:  unknown

  • Time:  Late Triassic - 210 million years ago

Fossil remains for this Dinosaur have been found in Europe

Scientists think that early dinosaurs were probably swift runners, but the only fossil of Pterospondylus was discovered in the stomach of a prehistoric turtle! Of course, the little dinosaur could have already been dead when the turtle took a bite from it. Since only one bone has ever been found of this dinosaur, it is hard to say exactly what it looked like, but most scientists feel it was similar to ProCompsognathus  only twice as big. That would have made it a quick meat-eater with a pretty long neck and slender head full of small, sharp teeth.

Founded upon a single vertebra, Pterospondylus is considered by some scientists to be a large Procompsognathus, possibly a new species.



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