The Dinohunters

A History of Dinosaur Hunting and Reconstruction

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Baryonx walkerii

The first discovery of Baryonyx walkeri was made by amateur fossil hunter William Walker in a Surrey claypit in 1983.  Walker discovered a 14inch claw, which led to the unearthing of the only known skeleton of this large predatory creature

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Since then, 2 more claws have been found in the Niger Republic in West Africa, and another in 1996 on the Isle of Wight

In December 1997, however, a store of old fossils in the Isle of Wight Museum yielded a forearm of a Baryonyx.  These remains had apparently been unearthed decades earlier on the southwest coast of the island, and had sat in a box in Carisbrooke Castle for a long time