Classification: Saurischia. Theropoda. Spinosauridae.
Genus: Suchomimus (“Crocodile Mimic”)
Species: S. tenerensis
Due to its snout shape and the nature of its teeth, scientists believe that Suchomimus primarily fed on fish, like its other relatives in the Spinosauridae family.
Scientists believe that because Suchomimus had hollow bones, it preferred hunting in a shallow water environment. Its relatives Baryonyx and Spinosaurus may have hunted in deeper waters due to their dense bones, which allowed them to submerge beneath the surface.
The purpose of Suchomimus’s large claws is not entirely clear. It may have used them for digging or burrowing to get at prey, or for grasping fish from the water, like a grizzly bear.
Suchomimus was a large meat-eating dinosaur that walked on two legs and could grow to over 35 feet in length. Its five foot long skull was narrow and long, unlike the deep skulls of many other meat-eating dinosaurs. It resembled a crocodile in its shape.
Suchomimus had elongated vertebrae (back bones) which may have supported a crest or sail, though it was much smaller than the sail of Spinosaurus, one of its relatives.
Like another of its relatives, Barynoyx, Suchomimus had powerful arms and an enlarged first claw on each hand.