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Suchimimus Skull Replica measures 9.1 inches. Suchimimus Skull Replica is museum quality polyurethane cast. Made in USA. Suchomimus tenerensis is the scientific name. 2-part skull (separate cranium and jaw). Our precise skull can be used as a teaching tool, museum skull exhibit, home decor skull, or office decor skull.
Suchomimus tenerensis (meaning “crocodile mimic”) is a genus of spinosaurid theropod dinosaur that lived between 125 and 112 million years ago. Suchomimus tenerensis had a very long, low snout and narrow jaws, formed by a forward expansion of the front most snout bones and the branch of the main upper jaw bone. The praemaxillae had an upward branch excluding the maxilla from the bony nostrils. Suchomimus tenerensis jaws had about 122 conical teeth, pointed but not very sharp and curving slightly backwards, with fine serrations.
The tip of the snout Suchomimus tenerensis was enlarged sideways and carried a “terminal rosette” of longer teeth, seven per side in the skull and about the same number in the corresponding part of the lower jaw. Further back, there were at least 22 teeth per upper jaw side in the maxilla, while the entire lower jaw side carried 32 teeth in the dentary bone.
Suchomimus tenerensis upper jaw had a prominent kink just behind the rosette, protruding downwards; this convexly curved part of the maxilla had the longest teeth of the entire skull. Suchomimus tenerensis skull is reminiscent of that of crocodilians that eat mainly fish. The internal bone shelves of the maxillae met each other over a long distance, forming a closed secondary palate that stiffened the snout.
The external nares were long, narrow and horizontally positioned; the same was true of the larger antorbital fenestrae, a pair of bony openings in front of the eyes. Suchomimus tenerensis rear of the skull is poorly known but for a short quadrate bone, separated from the quadratojugal bone by a large foramen quadraticum, shows it must have been low. The lower jaws were greatly elongated and narrow, forming a rigid structure as their dentaries touched each other at the midline, reinforcing the mandible against torsional (bending and twisting) forces.
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