Aristosuchus ("brave crocodile") is a genus of coelurosaurian compsognathid theropod dinosaur from the Early Cretaceous of England. It had little, sharp, needle-like teeth inside its jaws, for snapping up small animals such as frogs, insects, mammals, lizards, and early birds. Aristosuchus was about 6 feet long and weighed at least 50-100 pounds. It lived along with Iguanodon, Baryonyx, Valdosaurus, Hypsilophodon, Hylaeosaurus, Polacanthus, and Eotyrannus. Its close relatives are Compsognathus, Juravenator, and Sinosauropteryx. It was swift, may have been covered in downy feathers like Sinosauropteryx, and prpbably cared for its young, like a bird.
Article by Brian Tinnon 2/8/12