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Compsognathus is an unlockable dinosaur in Jurassic World Evolution added in the Return to Jurassic Park DLC on December 10, 2019.


Compsognathus fossils are unlocked on the 1993 Isla Nublar and can then be excavated from the Canjuers and the Solnhofen Formation.

Base Stats (at 100% Genome)

Attack 9
Defense 5
Lifespan 70
Resilience 45
Rating 15
Incubation Cost $57,000

Dig Sites

  • Canjuers Formation
  • Solnhofen Formation


  • Woodland Pattern
  • Jungle Pattern
  • Rainforest Pattern
  • Tundra Pattern
  • Vivid Pattern

Tour Information

Release From Hatchery


Jurassic Tour



Compsognathus has 11 Gap ID slots to modify.

  1. Cosmetic
  2. Attack
  3. Defense
  4. Resilience
  5. Habitat
  6. Defense
  7. Attack
  8. Stress
  9. Lifespan
  10. Social
  11. Attack




Small Carnivore

Health Requirement

Appetite TBA
Metabolism TBA

Comfort Requirement

Comfort Threshold 5%
Grassland 578 m2
Forest 578 m2
Wetland 0 m2
Ideal Population 0 - 30
Social Group 1 - 25


Susceptible TBA
Immune TBA


Health Recovery TBA
Comfort Recovery TBA
Sedative Resistance TBA
Medical Dart Resistance TBA
Poison Resistance TBA

InGen Database Entry


Era Late Jurassic
Family Compsognathidae
Genus Compsognathus
Height 0.41 m
Weight 2 kg
Length 1 m
Feeder Type



Compsognathus is a genus of small theropod carnivores, with a name derived from the Greek 'kompsos', meaning 'elegant or 'dainty', and 'gnathos', meaning 'jaw'. These dinosaurs lived in the Late Jurassic in what is now Europe.


The first small dinosaur ever found, Compsognathus was discovered in Germany in 1859 by Joseph Oberndorfer, with a second specimen being found in France in 1971. This lithe turkey-sized predator is the namesake of the Compsognathidae family, a group of small, primitive coelurosaurs that lived in Europe, Asia and perhaps South America from the Late Jurassic to the Early Cretaceous. In 1863, Compsognathus was the first dinosaur ever linked to birds, due to its resemblance to then newly discovered Archaeopteryx. Yet said proposal fell into obscurity for over a century, until John Ostrom, in the wake of the discovery of Deinonychus, redescribed the animal based on the French specimen. Close relative Sinosauropteryx was the first dinosaur found with preserved feathers, so it is very likely Compsognathus had them as well. However, those feathers would be hair-like, and the covering wouldn't be as extense as in birds, with its hindlimbs and underbelly likely having scaly skin.


Despite its small stature, Compsognathus seems to have been the top land predator during its time in central Europe, 150 million years ago. Turkey-sized when fully grown, the only other known dinosaur from the same time and place is crow-sized "first bird" Archaeopteryx, with well-known pterosaurs Rhamphorhynchus and Pterodactylus being common sights. The habitat these animals lived at was a tropical archipelago that bordered the prehistoric Tethys Sea. Compsognathus is one of the few dinosaur species whose diet is well documented, as both specimens were found with small lizards preserved within their ribcages.