Baryonyx

Baryonyx

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'heavy claw'

2000kg, 10.0m-long large theropod

Diet: carnivorous

Period: Early Cretaceous, 125 million years ago

Teeth: sharp, finely serrated teeth

How it moved: on 2 legs

Food: fish, Iguanodon

The mouth shape of this dinosaur was very similar to that of a crocodile, and it had a large claw, about 31cm long, probably on its thumb. Baryonyx may have crouched on river banks or waded into shallow water to hook fish with its claws. It was also a scavenger.

Taxonomic details

Taxonomy: Dinosauria, Saurischia, Theropoda, Neotherapoda, Tetanurae, Spinosauroidea, Spinosauridae, Baryonychinae

Named by: Charig and Milner (1987)

Type species: walkeri

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