Compsognathus, Rod Ruth
The title of World’s Smallest Dinosaur may have been taken from it, but Comsognathus is still king of the archipelago. On the tiny Tethys island where it makes its home, no other dinosaur is bigger. It scampers through the underbrush, beneath fronds swaying in sea breezes, seeking lizards, bugs, and Archaeopteryx eggs. It’s a terror to the lesser things, scrabbling and nipping, pincer jaws slipping through foliage, snapping up fat caterpillars and terrorizing ill-hidden katydids. Monsters are built on the victims’ perspective.