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Fish-Eating DinosaurWASHINGTON—An enormous predatory dinosaur with a skull like a crocodile’s and foot-long (30-centimeter-long) thumb claws has been discovered in the Sahara by an international team, led by Paul Sereno of the University of Chicago.

Measuring 36 feet (11 meters) in length and 12 feet (4 meters) high at the hip, the specimen is the most complete known of a peculiar group of fish-eating predators called spinosaurs, animals that grew to the size of Tyrannosaurus rex. In reports in the November 13 issue of Science and the December NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC magazine, Sereno and colleagues name the new species Suchomimus tenerensis, meaning “crocodile mimic from Ténéré,” a remote and forbidding, dune-covered region of the Sahara in the Republic of Niger in West Africa.

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who  Paul Sereno, University of Chicago
   
when  Thursday, November 12, 1998, 10:30 a.m. ET
   
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