Chindesaurus bryansmalli was an early dinosaur, probably a basal theropod close to Herrerasaurus. It lived during the Late Triassic (Carnian-Norian) period in what is now the Southwestern United States. It was a small, bipedal carnivore with a long tail and a length estimated at 2 to 2,3 meters (6.6 to 7.5 feet).
The Upper Petrified Forest National Park in the Chinle Formation in southwestern U.S.A was an ancient floodplain rich in lungfish and clams. Phytosaurs, rauisuchids, archosaurs, pseudosuchians and other tetrapods lived and competed alongside dinosaurs like Chindesaurus.
My restoration of Chindesaurus include proto-feathers, a likely feature in basal dinosaurs.