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The text of the entry was: Did you know ... that with a head shape likened to a gharial, the dinosaur Baryonyx (illustrated) is thought to have eaten fish?
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The article states that Wealden Lake covered most of Europe at the time Baryonyx was alive... is that really correct? Should it be "most of England" instead? (talk) 05:16, 9 September 2008 (UTC)

The first carnivorous dinosaur discovered in England were Megalosaurus, not Baryonyx.--Menah the Great 21:50, 8 December 2005 (UTC)

It says here that baryonyx is 16ft tall making it close to the same hight with spinosaurus, but isn't spinosaurus like three times as big? that should make a big differance in there hight.

I think by big, it is meant in terms of length, in which case, the spinosaurus was bigger than baryonyx.-- (talk) 23:03, 8 February 2009 (UTC)

Baryonyx may have been 16ft tall at the head if it reared up in a kangaroo-like pose, bot not normally--it was only about 8ft tall at the hip, and it's head would have been 8 or 9 feet off the ground in a natural pose. Spinosaurus would likely have been about 12ft tall at the hip and over 20ft if it reared up, natural position would have its head about 16ft up. Dinoguy2 (talk) 23:42, 8 February 2009 (UTC)

You're right Spinosaurus was bigger than Baryonyx, in fact Spinosaurus in the biggest theropod that lived in the dinosaur time, so it would kind of be silly to say that Baryonyx is bigger.--Dinonerd4488 (talk) 17:56, 27 August 2010 (UTC)

Angle of head

Acute angle? Not saying that's wrong, but it is surprising. What's the ref? John.Conway 15:20, 14 April 2007 (UTC)the size for that is... HEIGHT: 6 feet (1.8 meters) LENGTH: 30 feet (9.1 meters) WEIGHT: 4,000 lbs (1,814 kg)

I second this; particularly the "90° angle common in similar dinosaurs" bit. Was Spinosaurus walking around upright with its neck vertical, or with its head tilted straight down in a perpetual "hangdog" look? (talk) 22:42, 14 October 2014 (UTC)

In popular culture

Baryonyx has been featured in numerous dinosaur books for children. A wildly over-sized Baryonyx named Rudy appeared in the 2009 animated film Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 01:33, 24 June 2010 (UTC)

GeoCities link updated

I fixed the dead link "Many teeth from this species can be found on the Isle of Wight". It was: Then in a linkspam campaign after geocities went down it became "oocities" (now blacklisted). Wayback: Shows a the author moved the page to a new address: OK! Edits done. See also: WP:GeoCities. -Colfer2 (talk) 15:56, 13 December 2010 (UTC)


If Suchosaurus happens to be the same animal as Baryonyx would we reserve the name Baryonyx and forget about Suchosaurus due to its limited material or would Baryonyx become invalid? Please explain. Taylor Reints (talk) 20:11, 27 March 2011 (UTC)

According to he rules of priority Suchosaurus would be the right name, unless somebody petitioned the ICZN to abolish it. If the material is too limited then no synonymy would be possible and Suchosaurus would be a nomen dubium. MMartyniuk (talk) 00:55, 28 March 2011 (UTC)

Lack of elongated neural spines

Has there been any work on whether elongated neural spines in the spinosaurs could be a sex- or maturity-specific feature? Baryonyx seems to have no evidence of these, and in Suchomimus they are small relative to Spinosaurus, but both Baryonyx and Suchomimus are only known from subadult specimens. I suppose it may not even be out of the question that Suchomimus is a somewhat more mature specimen of Baryonyx. I attempted to read through Charig/Milner 1997 for discussion on neural spines in Baryonyx, but the version I had access to was nearly illegible. Can anyone shed some light? If there's published material, it would be a good inclusion here or in the Spinosauridae article. -- (talk) 22:04, 21 April 2013 (UTC)

With only one specimen of each species, it should be pretty much impossible to base such speculation on anything. FunkMonk (talk) 22:14, 21 April 2013 (UTC)

Orphaned references in Baryonyx

I check pages listed in Category:Pages with incorrect ref formatting to try to fix reference errors. One of the things I do is look for content for orphaned references in wikilinked articles. I have found content for some of Baryonyx's orphans, the problem is that I found more than one version. I can't determine which (if any) is correct for this article, so I am asking for a sentient editor to look it over and copy the correct ref content into this article.

Reference named "cuff13":

  • From Spinosaurus: Cuff AR, Rayfield EJ (2013) Feeding Mechanics in Spinosaurid Theropods and Extant Crocodilians. PLoS ONE 8(5): e65295. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0065295
  • From Spinosaurus: Cuff, A. R.; Rayfield, E. J. (2013). Farke, Andrew A, ed. "Feeding Mechanics in Spinosaurid Theropods and Extant Crocodilians". PLoS ONE. 8 (5): e65295. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0065295. PMC 3665537. PMID 23724135.

I apologize if any of the above are effectively identical; I am just a simple computer program, so I can't determine whether minor differences are significant or not. AnomieBOT 10:38, 10 June 2013 (UTC)

GA Review

This review is transcluded from Talk:Baryonyx/GA1. The edit link for this section can be used to add comments to the review.

Reviewer: Casliber (talk · contribs) 12:26, 11 October 2015 (UTC)

Okay, as I have made a total of three trivial edits to this article in nearly ten years, I think I am uninvolved enough to review it. I will read and make any straightforward copyedits as I go (please revert if I inadvertently change the meaning!) and jot down queries below: Cas Liber (talk · contribs) 12:26, 11 October 2015 (UTC)

Thanks, your edits look good, I will fix the issues soon. FunkMonk (talk) 16:00, 11 October 2015 (UTC)
Done. FunkMonk (talk) 16:40, 11 October 2015 (UTC)
  • I wouldn't start the three paras of the lead all with "Baryonyx..." but I am stumped to see how to tweak that.
Tried something, better? FunkMonk (talk) 16:40, 11 October 2015 (UTC)
Yep. Cas Liber (talk · contribs) 23:03, 11 October 2015 (UTC)
  • I'd link articulation, pleurocoels, primitive (which has a specific meaning in cladistics)
Linked primitive, but pleurocoel just links to skeletal pneumaticity, which is already linked... I'll explain in parenthesis. FunkMonk (talk) 16:40, 11 October 2015 (UTC)
Ah, forgot articulation, linked to joint. FunkMonk (talk) 23:11, 11 October 2015 (UTC)
  • fenestra is singular...don't you mean fenestrae?
Fixed. FunkMonk (talk) 16:40, 11 October 2015 (UTC)
  • Given the discussion on size, is there anything at all in the papers on the other fragments on their (possible) size and relation to the holotype, even if just to sat remains too meagre to compare. Cas Liber (talk · contribs)
Very good suggestion, I found a bit on the best Portuguese specimen, and added some other bits as well. FunkMonk (talk) 16:28, 11 October 2015 (UTC)
  • All issues should now be addressed. FunkMonk (talk) 16:40, 11 October 2015 (UTC)
And by the way, Casliber, is it apparent that the CT scan under palaeobiology is a video, or should I note it in the caption? FunkMonk (talk) 16:49, 11 October 2015 (UTC)
I added a note in any case. FunkMonk (talk) 18:16, 11 October 2015 (UTC)
Yeah, that helps. The arrow indicated it was an animation to me today but I don't recall it from last night...but then again I was pretty tired. Cas Liber (talk · contribs) 23:03, 11 October 2015 (UTC)

Ok hang on....

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2. Factually accurate and verifiable?:

References to sources:
Citations to reliable sources, where required:
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3. Broad in coverage?:

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4. Reflects a neutral point of view?:

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5. Reasonably stable?

No edit wars, etc. (Vandalism does not count against GA):

6. Illustrated by images, when possible and appropriate?:

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Pass or Fail: I think the article fulfils the GA criteria. Other things - make sure all the refs are formatted the same way (e.g. check the authors are all separated by semicolons etc. title/sentence case for titles etc.) Cas Liber (talk · contribs) 00:44, 12 October 2015 (UTC)
Thanks, will do! FunkMonk (talk) 00:51, 12 October 2015 (UTC)


So yesterday I made an edit that added subheaders to both the classification section and the history section, but this was reverted because the article is an FA. I understand the concern, but I feel being FA does not mean we shouldn't make improvements to an article as necessary, no? That's just holding it back. In particular, more subsections are seen in many dinosaur FAs, and in the Achelousaurus article that's and FAC right now. Therefore, I felt adding similar sections to the history section would be fine - it allows the reader to quicker find what they're looking for instead of skimming every paragraph. Classification, I will admit, has little precedent for subheaders, although I'm not necessarily sure why...

On the images, I merely flipped them to not conflict with the subheaders for space; as I understand it, not indenting headers with images takes priority over the subject facing the text. Lusotitan 15:16, 15 October 2017 (UTC)

Of course articles can be improved beyond FA, but in this case, I don't think adding single paragraph sub-sections to an already short section really improves anything. I personally think it simply looks bad, but more importantly, the manual of style also advises against short, single paragraph sections:[1] "Very short or very long sections and subsections in an article look cluttered and inhibit the flow of the prose. Short paragraphs and single sentences generally do not warrant their own subheading." This is very different from the Achelousaurus article, which has a pretty huge history and classification section. Adding a single section break ("additional discoveries" or some such) may be warranted, though not four. In any case, I had already long thought of breaking up the description section, so that has been retained. FunkMonk (talk) 15:34, 15 October 2017 (UTC)
Well, the only single paragraph section in the history section was "Additional Finds" or whatever, which was needed because it was between the two longer sections I had created. As you said, small sections aren't great, but neither are particularly long ones like the whole section together. Also, I had changed the section title to Discovery and Naming in accordance with other dinosaur articles - could this at least be put back in? Lusotitan 16:03, 15 October 2017 (UTC)
Hmmm, discovery and naming isn't really the prevalent title if you look through previous FAs; we should follow GAN/FAC reviewed articles for standards rather than "normal" ones, since those do not necessarily reflect the best practice. Same goes for sections, most articles simply don't have as many sections as say, Achelousaurus, which isn't even an FA yet. That article is the one that veers away from the norm, not the other way around. But it should be up to the individual writers what exactly they want to do with the layout, as long as it makes sense and generally follows standard practice (in that case, MWAK wanted to try something different). FunkMonk (talk) 16:09, 15 October 2017 (UTC)
That's fair, although I was under the impression newer stuff was supposed to be our standard going forward, rather than stuff that passed FAC years ago (I, at the very least, would personally lean towards more sections). Anyway, in this case based on a quick look at the editing history, you're the one who wrote most of this, so it's up to you. Lusotitan 16:18, 15 October 2017 (UTC)
Everything nominated after 2009 follows the "newer" standards", the problem is just what comes before that (see here and look how puny earlier reviews were compared to now[2]). I've added a section to the history section, by the way, but breaking it down further wouldn't look nice. And the classification section is short as is, so it shouldn't be broken. FunkMonk (talk) 16:21, 15 October 2017 (UTC)
In that case, I feel the obvious course of action would be to update older articles to newer standards. In the case of a few section re-arrangements and headers, this should be fine; if more extensive changes are made that would require a re-evaluation, that's fine too. Anyway, I agree on classification, since the standard isn't to have subsections there most of the time. I do still think the history is a bit weird with only one subheader (the Suchosaurus situation doesn't really fall under "additional discoveries" if I you ask me...), but it's up to you. Lusotitan 16:26, 15 October 2017 (UTC)
Well, which other post-2009 FAs have history sections with more than one break? I can't think of any, apart from Apatosaurus (which has a more complex history than most), so there is not really a different standard to adjust to. So to be consistent, I'd rather have to remove any sub-sections from the history section here than add more. FunkMonk (talk) 16:30, 15 October 2017 (UTC)
Well then I ask why don't they have subsections? More and better organization couldn't be anything but a good thing. Lusotitan 16:38, 15 October 2017 (UTC)
I can't speak for the other writers, but personally I think it's just unnecessary clutter, and like the MOS states, it breaks the flow of the text. Most history sections aren't that long anyway, so I don't see why every other paragraph with a slightly distinct theme should have its own section. If the section is very long, it could of course be broken down, but this should evaluated on a case by case basis. It's of course also a matter of taste, so if someone wants to have many sub-sections in an article they're writing, why not. I just don't think we should enforce something as subjective as that on existing articles written by others which are perfectly fine as written. FunkMonk (talk) 17:19, 15 October 2017 (UTC)
I think it looks pretty good with the most recent set of changes. Lusotitan 17:55, 15 October 2017 (UTC)
Should be an OK compromise. It is generally good to discuss such "drastic" changes before doing them, of course. FunkMonk (talk) 18:03, 15 October 2017 (UTC)
  • A heads up, I am currently expanding this article considerably, following a palaeontological peer review at WikiJournal. The plan is to do the edits here first, and then transfer the improved version to there. I'll notify Miniapolis, who copy-edited the article prior to the FAC, in case you would mind giving it a quick look to weed out the worst clunkiness once it is done? FunkMonk (talk) 03:42, 23 October 2018 (UTC)
You can list it at WP:GOCE/REQ when it's stable; I and other copyeditors hang out there. Sorry, but I had to stop accepting direct copyedit requests a while ago for mental-health reasons :-). All the best, Miniapolis 12:58, 23 October 2018 (UTC)
Alright, it was mainly because you did the original one, to keep it consistent. But well, not sure if it really does need a further copy-edit anyway. FunkMonk (talk) 14:52, 23 October 2018 (UTC)

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