Sunday, August 9, 2009

Baryonyx

Baryonyx, the mighty fish-eater of Europe. I've seen him referred to as the first theropod to be discovered in England, which doesn't make a lot of sense to me: the first Baryonyx fossil was discovered in 1983. The first dinosaur ever described in scientific literature was Megalosaurus, who was first found in Oxfordshire. That seems to make Megalosaurus the first.

Baryonyx

We know Baryonyx liked his fish by the scales found in his tummy and the fine serrations of his teeth. One guess was that he hunted something like modern grizzly bears, and those wicked forearm claws were perfect for hooking his floppy snacks and downing them Gollum style. Raw and wriggling.

2 comments:

  1. What a cool job conducting stomach content autopsies on dinosaurs. I wonder what size the fish and their scales were?

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  2. I will get on this. I've done some initial research, but nothing concrete. It's a good assignment, and I'll hope to feature mesozoic fish in the near future!

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