Suchomimus

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Suchomimus
Temporal range: Lower Cretaceous
Suchomimus tenerensis.jpg
All the bones of Suchomimus found so far
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Sauropsid
Superorder: Dinosauria
Order: Saurischia
Suborder: Theropoda
Family: Spinosauridae
Genus: Suchomimus
Species: S. tenerensis
Binomial name
Suchomimus tenerensis
Sereno et al., 1998
Restoration of ''Suchomimus tenerensis''

Suchomimus ("crocodile mimic") was a fish-eating (and meat-eating) large spinosaurid theropod dinosaur with a crocodile-like head. It lived 112 million years ago in the Lower Cretaceous period in what is now Africa.[1]

It was about 10.3–11 m (34–36 ft) long, and weighed 2.7 and 5.2 tonnes (2.7 and 5.1 long tons; 3.0 and 5.7 short tons).[2][3][4] It walked on two powerful hind legs, and had short clawed arms with three fingers, the first finger was the longest.

References[change | change source]

  1. Holtz, Thomas R. Jr. (2012) Dinosaurs: The Most Complete, Up-to-Date Encyclopedia for Dinosaur Lovers of All Ages, Winter 2011 Appendix.
  2. Therrien, François; Henderson, Donald M. (2007). "My theropod is bigger than yours … or not: estimating body size from skull length in theropods". Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 27 (1): 108–115. doi:10.1671/0272-4634(2007)27[108:MTIBTY]2.0.CO;2. http://www.bioone.org/doi/abs/10.1671/0272-4634(2007)27%5B108:MTIBTY%5D2.0.CO%3B2. Retrieved 2013-03-19. 
  3. Therrien, François; Henderson, Donald M. (2007). "My theropod is bigger than yours … or not: estimating body size from skull length in theropods". Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 27 (1): 108–115. doi:10.1671/0272-4634(2007)27[108:MTIBTY]2.0.CO;2. http://www.bioone.org/doi/abs/10.1671/0272-4634(2007)27%5B108:MTIBTY%5D2.0.CO%3B2. Retrieved 2013-03-19. 
  4. Holtz, Thomas R. Jr. (2012) Dinosaurs: The Most Complete, Up-to-Date Encyclopedia for Dinosaur Lovers of All Ages, Winter 2011 Appendix.