Suchomimus – A Very Fast Swimmer

Quick Biography

The Suchomimus, commonly shortened to Sucho, was a very fast swimmer in the Early Cretaceous period. It very likely would out-swim the Spinosaurus (Late Cretaceous), if they ever came into contact, which is considered my favorite dinosaur.

Since the Sucho is a newer spinosaurid, we do not know as much about the Suchomimus compared to the Spinosaurus, or other dinosaurs that were discovered a longer period ago. We will update this post as more discoveries about the Suchomimus.

Quick Facts

  • Scientific Name: Suchomimus
  • Time Period: Early Cretaceous
  • Size (m): 9.5 – 11
  • Weight (tons): 2.5 – 3.8
  • Diet: Piscivore
Suchomimus in water
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Discovery And Location

The Sucho was discovered in 1997 by American paleontologist Paul Sereno, along with his team in Niger. It was originally discovered in the Elrhaz Formation. The first part of the fossil they found was a thumb claw. Unlike most theropods, it had a very narrow, more crocodilian-styled skull. It likely had about 120 teeth in its maw, pointed backward.

Its size, compared to other Spinosaurids, was more of a medium-sized Spinosaurid. As this graph below shows, it was in between an Irritator/Baryonyx/Icthyovenator, and the Spinosaurus. (Red outline is Sucho)

Spinosaurid size comparison
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How Big Did It Grow?

As our Quick Facts mentioned, the Suchomimus grew from about 9.5 to 11 meters in length. It likely weighed around 2.5 to 3.8 tons or so. Its narrow skull was attached to a short neck, and its arms were very powerful, bearing a huge claw on each thumb. It had a low sail, not too noticeable in comparison to the Spinosaurus.

Suchomimus jaw & teeth
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What Did It Eat?

The Sucho likely ate primarily fish (Piscivore). But it likely didn’t pass up other meat-based foods when given the opportunity. Its lifestyle most likely included living around river systems so it had a constant source of food and water to live.

Suchomimus In Media

Want To See This Creature LIVE?
Join in Kenson’s Streams if he’s playing a game with this dinosaur, he can switch to it upon request so you can see it in action!

The Sucho can be found in multiple forms of media. Some movies (Jurassic World), video games (ARK Survival Evolved), and others. Unfortunately, there isn’t much known about specific details about the Sucho, so a lot of media just takes a guess on what it could do. You can also see Sucho in some of Kenson’s Content (in games like ARK or Path of Titans)!

Concluding Thoughts

The Suchomimus is a pretty interesting dinosaur, for sure. It doesn’t have much representation in movies & tv shows, but in video games, it’s more popular, at least. Hopefully, Sucho can gain more popularity over the course of time. It definitely deserves it.

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