Dinosaur Had Crocodile-Like Skull

Fish-Eating Dinosaur Had Crocodile-Like Skull (Pictures)
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Baryonyxportrayed here by an animatronic museum modelhad an unusual skull with a long, curved jawline, which resembled that of a modern-day gavial crocodile.

Though the British dinosaur looks like a typical carnivore, several clues suggest a fish diet. For instance, the reptile had stout, conical teeth, rather than the bladelike teeth of meat-eaters. Scientists also found partially digested fish scales and teeth in an excavated specimen.

" … We wanted to establish which it was more similar to, structurally and functionallya dinosaur or a crocodile," said Emily Rayfield of the University of Bristol in the United Kingdom, the lead author of a new study on the animal in the Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology.

The results suggested a close resemblance to the gavial.

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—Image ) The Natural History Museum, London
 
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