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fossils are rare, with only fragments and teeth known from the island.
Baryonyx teeth are unusual for theropod teeth as they have
very fine serrations, with at least 7 per millimetre, are slightly
fluted on their crowns and are only slightly compressed labio-lingually.
These teeth are, so I'm told, actually quite common on the Isle
of Wight, so keep your eyes peeled!
is the large thumb claw, nearly 30 cm (1 foot) long. This
has never been found on the Isle of Wight, but is the feature that
made Baryonyx famous, although some years back a small theropod
claw found by Martin Simpson was identified as being part of a
Baryonyx manual ungual.
phalange, believed to be the very one that supported the massive
claw, was claimed by the Museum of Isle of Wight Geology (now Dinosaur
Isle) in 1998 from the collection of Carisbrooke Castle Museum.
vertebra turned up near Barnes High fairly recently - it was due
to be on show at Dinosaur Farm
Museum, but a cast was displayed at the SVPCA
in 2004, as evidence for the synonymity of Baryonyx and Suchomimus.
Baryonyx was discovered in 1983 in East Sussex by William
Walker, a plumber and amateur palaeontologist, who found the large
thumb claw that gives Baryonyx its name.
do I know if I've found a bone?