Baryonyx

BARYONYX


(BEAR-ee-ON-ix)


MEANS:
Heavy claw

PERIOD:
Early Cretaceous - 125 Mya

WHERE:
Europe: England, Northern Spain, Morocco

SIZE:
Length: 9 meters long (30 feet)
Height 2.5 meters (8 feet)
Weight: 1,800 kg (4,000 lb)






Plunging into the river in pursuit of food, much like a modern grizzly bear, Baryonyx used its 12” curved, hooked-like claw on its largest digit, or finger, to catch a fish before 96 teeth clamped down on the hapless victim. Or did it hunt stealthily from the bank like a heron or egret do today? Scientists hold differing views but either way we do know that Baryonyx was one of the few fishermen of the dinosaur world.