Fishing on a Sunday Afternoon.

Walter Colvin

Showlow, United States

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3d art render of two Suchomimus fishing. In the middle Cretaceous period.

Made with bryce 3d.

This image is not Historically accurate.

Suchomimus (“crocodile mimic”) is a genus of large
spinosaurid dinosaur with a crocodile-like mouth that
lived 110 to 120 million years ago, during the middle
portion of the Cretaceous period in Africa.

Unlike most giant theropods, Suchomimus
had a very long, low snout and narrow jaws studded
with some 100 teeth, not very sharp and curving slightly
backward. The tip of the snout was enlarged and carried
a “rosette” of longer teeth. The animal is reminiscent of
crocodilians that eat mainly fish, such as the living gharial,
a type of large crocodile with a very long, slim snout,
from the region of India.

Suchomimus also had a tall extension of its vertebrae
which may have held up some kind of low flap, ridge or
sail of skin, as seen in much more exaggerated form in
Spinosaurus. Detailed study shows that the specimen of
Suchomimus was a subadult about 11 meters (36 ft) in
length, but scientists think that it may have grown to
about 12 meters (40 ft) long, approaching the size of
Tyrannosaurus. The overall impression is of a massive and
powerful creature that ate fish and presumably other sorts
of meat (carrion, if naught else) more than 100 million
years ago, when the Sahara was a lush, swampy habitat.
Suchomimus has been placed among the spinosaurids, a
group of predator-scavengers adapted for hunting fish
but with frail bone structures (particularly their skulls),
especially when compared to other similarly sized
theropods, like the tyrannosaurids. Apart from the back
ridge, Suchomimus was very similar to the spinosaurid
Baryonyx which also had strong forelimbs and a huge
sickle-curved claw on its “thumb”. And, as with Baryonyx,
the claw was the first fossil part to be noticed by
palaeontologists. Suchomimus was considerably larger
than Baryonyx, but a few paleontologists have suggested
that the latter might almost have been a juvenile of the
former.

Info from Wikipedia.

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