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Temporal range: Late Cretaceous, 69–66 Ma
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Clade: Dinosauria
Clade: Saurischia
Clade: Theropoda
Family: Abelisauridae
Genus: Vitakridrinda
Malkani, 2006
V. sulaimani
Binomial name
Vitakridrinda sulaimani
Malkani, 2006

Vitakridrinda is a genus of abelisaurid theropod dinosaur from the Late Cretaceous of Balochistan, western Pakistan. The type species is V. sulaimani. The discovery was made (along with other dinosaur specimens) near Vitariki by a team of palaeontologists from the Geological Survey of Pakistan, in rocks from the Maastrichtian-age Vitakri Member of the Pab Formation.[1] Formally described in 2006 by M.S. Malkani, the genus is based on partial remains including two thigh bones, a braincase, and a tooth. A partial snout was later found that Malkani assigned to the holotype, and additional vertebrae may also belong to this genus. However, the snout was later reclassified as a new genus of mesoeucrocodylian, Induszalim.[2][3][4] Thomas Holtz gave a possible length of 6 meters (19.7 feet).[5]

See also


  1. ^ Malkani, M.S. (2006). "Biodiversity of saurischian dinosaurs from the Latest Cretaceous Park of Pakistan" (PDF). Journal of Applied and Emerging Sciences. 1 (3): 108–140. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2009-06-22. Retrieved 2009-06-22.
  2. ^ Malkani, M.S. (2006). "First rostrum of carnivorous Vitakridrinda (Abelisaurid theropod dinosaur) found from the Latest Cretaceous dinosaur beds (Vitakri) Member of Pab Formation, Alam Kali Kakor Locality of Viakri area, Darkham District, Balochistan, Pakistan". Sindh University Y Research Journal (Science Series). 38 (3): 7–26.
  3. ^ Malkani M.S. 2015a. Terrestrial mesoeucrocodiles from the Cretaceous of Pakistan. In: Zhang Y., Wu S.Z., Sun G. eds., abstract volume, 12th Symposium on “Mesozoic Terrestrial Ecosystems (MTE 12), and 3rd Symposium of International Geoscience Program (IGCP 608) “Cretaceous Ecosystem of Asia and Pacific” August 15–20, 2015, Paleontological Museum of Liaoning/Shenyang Normal University, Shenyang, China, 242-246.
  4. ^ Malkani, M.S., 2015b. Dinosaurs, mesoeucrocodiles, pterosaurs, new fauna and flora from Pakistan. Geological Survey of Pakistan, Information Release 823: i-iii,1-32.
  5. ^ Holtz, Thomas R. (2012). "Dinosaurs: The Most Complete, Up-to-Date Encyclopedia for Dinosaur Lovers of All Ages" (PDF).

External links

  • Dinosaur Mailing List post on Vitakridrinda and other new taxa from Pakistan.

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