One of the most distinctive features of Suchomimus is its long, pointed, crocodile-like snout. And, one of the most unusual features of this snout is the rosette, or a chin-like appendage, armed with the largest and most powerful teeth in the Suchomimus jaw. This rosette allowed Suchomimus' top teeth to mesh with its bottom teeth, an adaptation commonly seen in fish eating animals. The reason: this meshing likely provides a sort of cage-like enclosure, making it hard for the wet, slippery fish to jump out of the mouth of the predator, which in this case is Suchomimus.

 

Front Skeleton | Upper Body | Skull Front | Skull Side | Skull Comparison | Claws | Spines | Rosette | Back Skeleton | Side Skeleton

See Steve Brusatte's web site Dino Land.

 

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