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Baryonyx walkeri

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Baryonyx is a huge semiaquatic theropod from the early Cretaceous of Europe. The most complete specimen is around 8,5 meters long, but it might not be fully grown.

Baryonyx lacked the strange back sail of Spinosaurus and was much smaller, but was otherwise quite similar. They both had the crocodile-like snout well suited for catching fish. Probably they were opportunistic semiaquatic predators.
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it is fantastic job :)
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A lot of thanks for Pointing they're opportunistic ! Most people seem to 'suggest' this Group are Obligate Piscivore's
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paleosirHobbyist General Artist
No-one said they were obligate piscivores, they just were highly specialised for catching fish. that means they mostly ate fish, but also sometimes snagged up a smaller dinosaur, or scavenged.
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Most people say that; or assume that; including commenters on both Deviantart and YouTube sections.  
However '' highly specialized  for cathcing fish '' has no definete/certain proof except Spinosaurus's 'speculated' pressure receptors. 
From the Body Captivities of the Spinosauroid Baryonyx and the teeth of an irritator in a Pterosaur; it is more possible to say Spinosauroids were eat anything that they capable of catch. Both Fish and other animals included
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Well, their anatomy seems to be centered around catching fish, looking at their elongated snout with puncturing teeth.
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True; But the same could be said for False Gharials, Australian Fresh Water Crocodiles, Alligators and even for Saltwater Crocodiles (their skull is elongated a bit too) (www.skullsunlimited.com/userfi…)


But none of them Follow the Exact Piscivore rule :)


And looking to their Skull; it still seemed a bit thick; very unlike Gharials
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Well, I never said spinosaurids ONLY ate fish, they just are highly specialized for catching fish like the examples you showed.
Even salt water crocs mostly eat fish, and gharials even more.
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My examples indicate Spinosauroids were more Generalists like Crocodiles rather than Gharials. 
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Well, of course they would take the opportunity if it's there, but even salt water crocs eat fish most of the time.
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The general consensus among serious palaeontologists (but unfortunately not in pop culture who still cling to T. rex) is that they ate very large fish and whatever else of similar size they found on or near water.
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TarawynWorldwalkerStudent General Artist
You have such a lovely, naturalistic style. I love to see dinosaurs portrayed as animals, rather than grotesqueries, and this Baryonyx (and your other dinos, from what I've seen) looks alive and aware. Any particular source for the skin, or just guesswork?

Andrea Cau has some interesting discussion of possible spinosaurid predatory habits, if you're interested (and not previously aware): [link] :)
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EurwentalaProfessional General Artist
Thanks! I at least try to make them animals instead of creatures. :)
No particular skin source, just loosely inspired by crocodilians, as they shared more or less similar habits.
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Baryonyx may have been a land predator especially suited for killing small, fast moving prey.
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EurwentalaProfessional General Artist
That's an option, too. Though spinosaurs don't seem any more adapted to moving fast than other large theropods, and the oxygen isotope study quite clearly refers to aquatic life.
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wonderful Drawing
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hyphenatedsuperheroHobbyist Traditional Artist
Awesome!
Love the croc-type texturing of the skin.
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EurwentalaProfessional General Artist
Thanks!
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