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BARYONYX


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FAST FACTS

PERIOD: EARLY CRETACEOUS
LENGTH: UP TO 8.5 M
HEIGHT: UP TO 1,700 KG

How do you say it?

bare-ee-ON-iks

Discovery:

When:       1986
Where:      England
By Who:    Alan J. Charig and Angela C. Milner
 

Fun Facts:

Baryonyx
had 96 teeth – that’s twice as many as Tyrannosaurus rex!


Baryonyx had very crocodile-like jaws (long and slender) and teeth (finely serrated), leading
paleontologists to assume they were primarily piscivorous, or fish eaters, just like crocodiles.


Where

Where did dinosaurs live?

Dinosaurs were an extremely successful and diverse group of animals. We now know that they inhabited nearly every terrestrial (land) environment on every continent- even Antarctica!

However, Earth's landmasses were very different during the Mesozoic Era compared to today. When dinosaurs first appeared, the supercontinent Pangaea was just beginning to break up. By the end of the Mesozoic, when the dinosaurs became extinct, the continents were on their way toward their present shapes and positions. 

During the Early Cretaceous, Europe and North Africa (where Baryonyx lived) was mostly composed of islands among a shallow sea. This provided a perfect environment for a presumed fish eater.