Period of life:
England and Spain (Europe)
Baryonyx reached up to 10 meters in length and was armed with meter-long thin jaws with 96 conical and slightly serrated teeth, which are designed to hold nimble and slippery prey like fish. Its long, narrow muzzle resembled a fish-eating crocodile. The largest teeth were in the front of the mouth. The nostrils were at a distance from the tip of the muzzle to breathe when the jaws were immersed in water. Scientists still have not come to a consensus about how many paws Baryonyx used to move. Today, most of them believe that this lizard walked mostly on four legs. Baryonyx fossils were discovered in 1983 near London. It was a huge claw, after which the ancient lizard got its name: "heavy claw." It indicates a characteristic feature of this dinosaur: three sickle-shaped claws on the front paws - two small and one large, which reached 35 cm in length. It was a serious weapon, with the help of which the predator caught and held the prey. In 1986, the lizard was described by paleontologists, after which the skeleton of Baryonyx was mounted in one of the halls of the Museum of Natural History. Since then, scientists have come across only separate fragments of baryonyx skeletons from the Lower Cretaceous of England and Spain, as well as traces, most likely belonging to baryonyx.