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Suchomimus Fact Sheet
Dinosaur/Paleontology Dictionary
NAME: Meaning - Suchomimus means "crocodile mimic"
Pronounced - SOOK-o-MIME-us
Named By - Sereno, Beck, Dutheil, Gado, Larsson, Lyon, Marcot, Rauhut, Sadleir, Sidor, Varricchio, G. P. Wilson, and J. A. Wilson
When Named - 1998
DIET: Carnivore (meat-eater) and piscivore (fish-eater)
SIZE: Length - 36 ft (11 m) long (subadult)
Height - 12 ft (3.6 m) tall at the hips
Weight - 5 tons
WHEN IT LIVED: Middle Cretaceous period, about 110-100 million years ago
WHERE IT LIVED: Fossils have been found in the Tenere region of the Sahara Desert in Niger, Africa.
FOSSILS: David Varricchio first spotted the huge thumb claw, which led to the discovery of the 400-piece fossil. One incomplete skeleton (including a partial skull) has been found.
  • Kingdom Animalia (animals)
  • Phylum Chordata (having a hollow nerve chord ending in a brain)
  • Class Archosauria (diapsids with socket-set teeth, etc.)
  • Order Saurischia - lizard-hipped dinosaurs
  • Suborder Theropoda - bipedal carnivores
  • Tetanura - advanced theropods with three fingers
  • Family Spinosauria - huge Cretaceous period predators with crocodile-like jaws and neural spines forming a sail.
  • Genus Suchomimus [Suchomimus may be the same genus as Baryonyx]
  • Species S. tenerensis (type species named by Sereno, Beck, Dutheil, Gado, Larsson, Lyon, Marcot, Rauhut, Sadleir, Sidor, Varricchio, G. P. Wilson and J. A. Wilson, 1998)
Suchomimus had a two-foot-high sail on its lower back. This dinosaur had a very long snout [1.2 m (4 ft) long] and huge, foot-long thumb claws - adaptations to catch fish.

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