Name: Balochisaurus ‭(‬Balochi lizard‭)‬.
Phonetic: ‭B‬al-och-e-sore-us.
Named By: M.‭ ‬Sadiq Malkani‭ ‬-‭ ‬2006.
Classification: Chordata,‭ ‬Reptilia,‭ ‬Dinosauria,‭ ‬Saurischia,‭ ‬Sauropodomorpha,‭ ‬Sauropoda,‭ ‬Titanosauria,‭ ‬Balochisauridae‭?
Species: B.‭ ‬malkani‭ (‬type‭)‬.
Diet: Herbivore.
Size: Unknown due to lack of remains.
Known locations: Pakistan,‭ ‬Balochistan‭ ‬-‭ ‬Pab Formation.
Time period: Maastrichtian of the Cretaceous.
Fossil representation: 7‭ ‬caudal vertebrae.‭ ‬Partial skull material has since been attributed to it.

       In‭ ‬2006‭ ‬the palaeontologists M.‭ ‬Sadiq Malkani managed to name five titanosaurs from the Pab Formation of Pakistan,‭ ‬all described from caudal‭ (‬tail‭) ‬vertebrae.‭ ‬Malkani also named two new families of titanosaurs,‭ ‬the Pakisauridae and the Balochisauridae as homes for the new titanosaurs.‭ ‬Balochisaurus as you may have guessed is the type genus of the Balochisauridae,‭ ‬which also includes Marisaurus.‭ ‬It is questionable if either the Balochisauridae and the Pakisauridae and their member genera will survive future classification given the manner that these titanosaurs were named,‭ ‬though it’s not impossible either that they might be proven valid with future finds.
       The other titanosaurs named by Malkani in‭ ‬2006‭ ‬are Pakisaurus,‭ ‬Sulaimanisaurus and Khetranisaurus,‭ ‬all assigned to the Pakisauridae.‭ ‬Also in‭ ‬2006,‭ ‬Malkani named an abelisaurid theropod named Vitakridrinda.

Further reading
-‭ ‬Biodiversity of saurischian dinosaurs from the latest Cretaceous Park of Pakistan,‭ ‬M.‭ ‬Sadiq Malkani‭ ‬-‭ ‬2006.


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