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Baryonyx

Discovery of an unusual dinosaur

Angela Milner, one of the Museum scientists who described and named Baryonyx, explains why this dinosaur was such an unusual and significant discovery.

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You can see this dinosaur in the Museum.

Information

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.

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Fact file

Pronounced
bah-ree-ON-icks
Meaning of name
heavy claw
Length
  10m
Height
  4m
Weight
2000kg
Teeth
sharp, finely serrated teeth
Diet
carnivorous
Food
fish, Iguanodon
How it moved
on 2 legs
When it lived
Early Cretaceous
(125  million years ago)
Found in
England, United Kingdom, Spain

Taxonomic details

Taxonomy
Dinosauria, Saurischia, Theropoda, Neotherapoda, Tetanurae, Spinosauroidea, Spinosauridae, Baryonychinae, Baryonyx
Named by
Charig and Milner (1987)
Type species
walkeri