The scientific tourist #278 — Suchomimus tenerensis

Seen at the Sternberg Museum of Natural History in Hayes, Kansas — it’s Suchomimus tenerensis:

Suchomimus tenerensis

Suchomimus was a genus of spinosaurs that lived about 121-112 million years ago in the Cretaceous.  This particular example was found in Niger, Africa in 1997, and was nearly 85% complete.  Back in its day, Suchomimus grew to 12 feet (4 meters) high at the hips, and 36 feet (11 meters) in length.

From the placard:

Suchomimus (“crocodile mimic”) was named for its narrow, 4-foot (1.2 meters) long skull, which resembles that of a long-snouted crocodile. With the most powerful forelimbs of any two-legged land animal and foot-long thumb claws, Suchomimus was the largest and most common predator of its day.

Suchomimus is the best-known example of a peculiar group of fish-eating predatory dinosaurs called spinosaurs.

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