Science Fact of the Week: The World’s Smallest Dinosaur!

12 11 2008

When we think of dinosaurs, we often think of HUGE creatures that would be able to chomp down on a car in one bite if they still existed today. For example, the Tyrannosaurus Rex stood an average of 20 feet tall. Its teeth were an average of 9 inches long, which is about the size of a banana, and its body was an average of 40 feet long, which is about the length of a school bus!

microraptor21We know there were many enormous dinosaurs that roamed the planet, but do you know how tiny the smallest dinosaur was? The smallest dinosaur that ever existed was called the Microraptor.

The Microraptor was so small that you would have been able to hold it in the palm of your hand. Fossils of the Microraptor were found in China and it appears that the dinosaur was an average of only 16 inches- that is almost as small as one tooth of the T-Rex! It is considered one of the most bird-like dinosaurs to ever be discovered because it had feathers on both its arms and legs! The Microraptor was a carnivore, which means that it ate meat. Because it was so small though, it probably only ate insects instead of other dinosaurs.

To find out how you measure up to various dinosaurs, go to Discovery’s Dino Viewer!

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