|Named By:||Othniel Charles Marsh in 1877|
|Location:||USA, Colorado - Morrison Formation. Maybe also Wyoming|
|Size:||Uncertain due to lack of good fossil remains, but possibly somewhere between 1 and 2 meters long|
|Fossil(s):||Based upon partial dentary and fragmentary remains of the skull and post cranial skeleton|
|Classification:||| Chordata | Reptilia | Dinosauria | Ornithischia | Nanosauridae ||
Nanosaurus ("small or dwarf lizard") is the name given to a genus of dinosaur from the Late Jurassic. Described by Othniel Charles Marsh in 1877, it is a poorly known ornithischian of uncertain affinities. Its fossils are known from the Morrison Formation of Colorado and possibly Wyoming. It has often been illustrated in the popular literature (as a "tiny dinosaur"), leaving the impression that more is known about it than actually is. Most representations are actually of what is now called Othnielosaurus or Othnielia.