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Giant fishing dinosaurs – uncovering the behaviour of Spinosaurus and allies

The huge African carnivorous dinosaur Spinosaurus has long been a source of fascination for palaeontologists with its unusual combination of crocodile-like snout and bony sail along its back. Recently, new specimens have fuelled the discussion over the ecology of this unusual animal and it’s less famous, but no less interesting British cousins including Baryonyx. So what were these animals up to, how did they live and what did they eat, could they swim and did they even fish?

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Dr David Hone is a palaeontologist and writer whose research focuses on the behaviour and ecology of the dinosaurs and their flying relatives, the pterosaurs. His research is aimed at answering key questions about these animals and how they lived their lives in terms of their behaviour and ecology.


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