Name: Marisaurus ‭(‬Mari lizard‭)‬.
Phonetic: Mah-re-sore-us.
Named By: M.‭ ‬Sadiq Malkani‭ ‬-‭ ‬2006.
Classification: Chordata,‭ ‬Reptilia,‭ ‬Dinosauria,‭ ‬Saurischia,‭ ‬Sauropodomorpha,‭ ‬Sauropoda,‭ ‬Titanosauria,‭ ‬Balochisauridae‭?
Species: M.‭ ‬jeffi‭ (‬type‭)‬.
Diet: Herbivore.
Size: Uncertain due to lack of remains.
Known locations: Pakistan,‭ ‬Balochistan‭ ‬-‭ ‬Pab Formation.
Time period: Maastrichtian of the Cretaceous.
Fossil representation: Described from caudal‭ (‬tail‭) ‬vertebrae.‭ ‬Further vertebrae,‭ ‬partial hind limbs and partial skull remains have been attributed to the genus.

       In‭ ‬2006‭ ‬the palaeontologists M.‭ ‬Sadiq Malkani described five new genera of titanosaur,‭ ‬Marisaurus,‭ ‬Balochisaurus,‭ ‬Sulaimanisaurus,‭ ‬Khetranisaurus and Pakisaurus,‭ ‬all from caudal vertebrae.‭ ‬From these only Marisaurus and Balochisaurus have had skull remains attributed to them,‭ ‬and only Marisaurus has‭ (‬partial‭) ‬rear limb bones attributed to the genus.‭ ‬Marisaurus and Balochisaurus were also classified into a new group created by Malkani,‭ ‬the Balochisauridae,‭ ‬which was created along with the Pakisauridae for the other three genera of titanosaur named by Malkani in‭ ‬2006.
       In‭ ‬2006‭ ‬Malkani also named a new abelisaurid theropod called Vitakridrinda from the same formation as these titanosaurs.

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


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