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What is Compsognathidae?

Pronunciation: comp-sog-nay-thuh-day
Author: Edward Drinker Cope
Year: 1871
Etymology: Compsognathus + Greek "-idae" (family)
Locomotion: Bipedal (two legs)
Synonyms: None known
Definition: Holtz 2004
The most inclusive clade containing Compsognathus longipes but not Passer domesticus.
About
The compsognathids (members of Compsognathidae) are small theropods from the Jurassic and Cretaceous. Most members are known to be feathered, or at least fuzzy, to varying degrees (skin impressions show some had scales on their tail and legs) but they're not birds.

Click here to view Dinochecker's A-Z list of Compsognathids.
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References
Fernando E. Novas (2009) "The Age of Dinosaurs in South America".
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