Khetranisaurus

Name: Khetranisaurus ‭(‬Khetran lizard‭)‬.
Phonetic: Key-tran-e-sore-us.
Named By: M.‭ ‬Sadiq Malkani‭ ‬-‭ ‬2006.
Classification: Chordata,‭ ‬Reptilia,‭ ‬Dinosauria,‭ ‬Saurischia,‭ ‬Sauropodomorpha,‭ ‬Sauropoda,‭ ‬Titanosauria,‭ ‬Pakisauridae‭?
Species: K.‭ ‬barkhani‭ (‬type‭)‬.
Diet: Herbivore.
Size: Unknown due to lack of remains.
Known locations: Pakistan,‭ ‬Balochistan‭ ‬-‭ ‬Pab Formation.
Time period: Maastrichtian of the Cretaceous.
Fossil representation: Caudal vertebra.

       Very little can be said about this titanosaur because it is only represented by a single caudal‭ (‬tail‭) ‬vertebrae.‭ ‬In addition to this the palaeontologist who named Khetranisaurus,‭ ‬M.‭ ‬Sadiq Malkani,‭ ‬also named three other titanosaurs Sulaimanisaurus,‭ ‬Pakisaurus and Balochisaurus,‭ ‬Marisaurus in that same year,‭ ‬all from only caudal vertebrae.‭ ‬The first two were included along with Khetranisaurus into the Pakisauridae,‭ ‬a family of titanosaurs also created by Malkani with Pakisaurus as the type genus.‭ ‬In early reports concerning Khetranisaurus,‭ ‬the name was sometimes spelled Khateranisaurus.
       In‭ ‬2006‭ ‬Malkani also named another an abelisaur called Vitakridrinda.

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



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