Period of life:
Niger (West Africa)
Zuhomim, whose name literally means "like a crocodile" in Latin, belongs to the genus of theropod dinosaurs from the spinosaurid family. In 2010, scientists estimated the length of zuhomim at 9.5 meters with a height of 3-4 meters and a weight of 2.5 tons. However, the remains belonged to a young individual, so an adult lizard could grow up to 11 meters in length and weigh about 4 tons. Suchomimus is distinguished by an extremely long and narrow crocodile muzzle, at the tip of which there was an unusual dental "rosette" of 14 elongated fangs, and in total the dinosaur had about 122 teeth. Zuhomim had a small sail, stretching to the middle of the tail and formed by neural spines. Outwardly, they resembled blades. One of the claws on the forelimbs, 35 cm long, could pierce even a meter long fish.
It was the fish that made up the main diet of this ancient predator, the remains of which were found on the territory of Niger in 1997. The Elraz Formation, in which zuhomim was discovered, consists of fluvial sandstones with low relief. During the life of zuhomim, this place was a zone of river floodplains of fast rivers, the climate was tropical and very dry.