Thursday, 14 January 2016

Suchomimus tenerensis

This large theropod from Niger was very similar to Baryonyx to the point that some author placed it in the same genus. It had an elongated crocodile-like snout equipped with sharp teeth ideal for catching fish. It lived in the similar marshy environments than the modern crocodiles. Blade shape vertebral spines form a low sail over the hips.

Suchomimus tenerensis

Sereno, Beck, Dutheil, Gado, Larsson, Lyon, Marcot, Rauhut, Sadleir, Sidor, Varricchio, Wilson & Wilson, 1998

Meaning of generic name
Crocodile mimic

Meaning of specific name
[From Tenere Desert]

Length: 11 m

Nearly complete skeleton with skull.

Age and Distribution
Elrhaz Formation (Late Aptian), Tenere Desert region, Niger.

Dinosauria Saurischia Theropoda Spinosauroidea Spinosauridae

Further Reading
P. C. Sereno, A. L. Beck, D. B. Dutheil, B. Gado, H. C. E. Larsson, G. H. Lyon, J. D. Marcot, O. W. M. Rauhut, R. W. Sadleir, C. A. Sidor, D. D. Varricchio, G. P. Wilson, and J. A. Wilson. 1998. A long-snouted predatory dinosaur from Africa and the evolution of spinosaurids. Science 282:1298-1302.

Cristatusaurus lapparenti Taquet & Russell, 1998

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