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Baryonyx walkeri
Baryonyx (Baryonyx walkeri) was a theropod dinosaur that lived during the Cretaceous period, approximately 130 to 125 million years ago. The name "Baryonyx" comes from the Greek "barys" meaning "heavy" and "onyx" meaning "claw", reflecting the enormous claws that this dinosaur possessed.

Baryonyx was a large dinosaur, measuring approximately 7.5-10 meters long and weighing around 2 tons. It had a long, low skull, measuring approximately 75 centimeters long. Its mouth was full of sharp, recurved teeth, indicating that it fed on animal prey. However, unlike other theropod dinosaurs, Baryonyx also preferentially fed on fish, making it one of the few dinosaurs known to feed on this type of prey.

One of the most distinctive features of the Baryonyx is its enormous claws on its hands. These claws measure around 30 centimeters long and are the largest known on any theropod dinosaur. It is believed that these claws were used to capture prey, as well as to defend themselves against other predators. It is also thought that Baryonyx had a membrane of skin between its claws that allowed it to capture fish more easily.

Another unique feature of the Baryonyx is its long, narrow snout. Scientists believe this adaptation allowed it to reach and capture fish more effectively in shallow bodies of water. It is also believed that its snout was strong enough to crush the shells of turtles and other invertebrates.

Although relatively little is known about the life and behavior of Baryonyx, the fossils found indicate that it was an active and agile predator. It is believed to have lived in swampy and forested areas near rivers and lakes, where it could hunt terrestrial and aquatic prey.

Approximate measurements of the Baryonyx:
  • Scale 1:35 - Complete
    • Length 158mm
    • Height 127mm
    • Snout-tail length 215mm

  • 1:20 scale - Two-piece assembly kit
    • Length 276mm
    • Height 221mm
    • Snout-tail length 377 mm