Fabio Pastori Ornitholestes with prey(pterodactyls)
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Fossil range: Late Jurassic
life restoration of Ornitholestes
O. hermanni Osborn, 1903 (type)
Ornitholestes (meaning "bird robber") was a small theropod dinosaur of the late Jurassic of Western Laurasia (the area that was to become North America). To date, it is known only from a single partial skull and skeleton, found near Como Bluff, Wyoming, in 1900, and described by Henry Fairfield Osborn in 1903. A hand was later attributed to Ornitholestes, although it now appears to belong to Tanycolagreus. The type (and only known) species is O. hermanni. The species name honors the American Museum of Natural History preparator Adam Hermann.
Ornitholestes was roughly 2 meters (6.5 ft) in length. The head of Ornitholestes was relatively small. Nonetheless, the skull was more robust than that of many other small theropods, such as Compsognathus and Coelophysis, and this would have enabled Ornitholestes to deliver a powerful bite.
Gregory S. Paul suggested the presence of a small horn on the snout of Ornitholestes, similar to that of Proceratosaurus. however this has recently been disproved by Carpenter et al., which indicated that the 'crest' was actually a broken nasal bone. Like most other theropods, Ornitholestes had a long tail, presumably used for balance.[link]