- Species Type: Suchomimus tenerensis
- Type of Dinosaur: Spinosaurid Theropod
- Period: Early Cretaceous
- Diet: Meat (carnivorous)
- Length: Up to 36 feet
- Weight: Up to 4.6 tons
- First Discovered: 1997
17 Suchomimus Facts for Kids
- American paleontologist Paul Sereno and his team discovered the Suchomimus in 1997.
- The Suchomimus was discovered in the Elrhaz Formation (Niger, Africa).
- The Suchomimus got its scientific name Suchomimus tenerensis in 1998, from Paul Sereno and others.
- The scientific name of the Suchomimus appears to be based on off where it was first found, the Tenere Desert.
- The holotype specimen for the Suchomimus is MNN GDF500.
- The name Suchomimus means: “Crocodile Mimic”.
- The Suchomimus was part of a group of dinosaurs known as spinosaurids.
- Suchomimus lived during the Early Cretaceous Period between 130 and 95 million years ago.
- Paleontologists estimate that the Suchomimus lived in Africa, which is where specimens have been recovered.
- Paleontologists believe the Suchomimus lived in wet and vast floodplains.
- The Suchomimus had an elongated body, with a dorsal sail and a head like that of a crocodile.
- The holotype specimen for the Suchomimus had a length between 31 and 36 feet.
- The holotype specimen for the Suchomimus had a weight between 2.75 and 5.75 tons.
- Paleontologists believe the holotype specimen was a subadult and that a fully grown Suchomimus could potentially reached a greater length and weight.
- The Suchomimus was a large carnivorous dinosaur that ate terrestrial (land) and aquatic prey.
- Some paleontologists classify the Suchomimus as a piscivorous, which is an animal that mainly eats fish.
- The Suchomimus around 122 teeth used to capture and consume prey.
Additional Resources on Suchomimus
- Suchomimus – Natural History Museum UK – Discover more facts about the Suchomimus on the UK Natural History Museum website.
- Suchomimus – University of Chicago – Find more details and stats about the Suchomimus on the University of Chicago website.
- Suchomimus – Wikipedia – Explore the Wikipedia website to learn more about the Suchomimus.