The Suchomimius Tenerensis, 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. It would mostly eat fish, and other meat if needed.
It grew to approximately 11m long on average and weighed about 2.5 - 3.8 tons. 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. Its nickname was "Crocodile Mimic."
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.
Compared to other Spinosaurids, its size was that of more of a medium-sized Spinosaurid. It was similarly sized to a Baryonyx, and larger than an Irritator and Icthyovenator. As the graph below shows below, with a human for comparison. (Red outline is Suchomimus)
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. Due to this, it most likely would stay near the rivers and rarely leave being nearby the water source.
The Sucho can be found in multiple forms of media. Some movies (Jurassic World), video games (ARK Survival Evolved), and others. Unfortunately, there isnât much known about specific details about the Sucho, so a lot of media just takes a guess on what it could do.
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, some games I play have Sucho, like Path of Titans!
There isn't much information available on the Sucho, so keep an eye out for updates to this post! (on the first update, we'll add an Updated row to the top)
- Natural History Museum