Phonetic: K. C. Rogers & J. A. Wilson - 2014.
Classification: Chordata, Reptilia, Dinosauria, Saurischia, Sauropodomorpha, Sauropoda, Titanosauria.
Species: V. depereti (type).
Known locations: Madagascar - Maevarano Formation.
Time period: Maastrichtian of the Cretaceous.
Fossil representation: Partial braincase.
from a partial braincase, Vahiny is the second
genus of titanosaurid
dinosaur to be discovered in the Maevarano Formation of Madagascar,
with the first being Rapetosaurus.
The titanosaur Rapetosaurus has
attained almost legendary status since it was named due to the fact
that it is the most complete titanosaur discovered and represented by
fossils from numerous individuals. Though only named from a partial
braincase, Vahiny has been clearly identified as
being distinct from
Rapetosaurus, and the hunt is now on for more
perhaps even among remains of Rapetosaurus.
Vahiny would have lived amongst several notable dinosaur genera, and apart from Rapetosaurus, these include the dromaeosaurid Rahonavis, the noasaur Masiakasaurus and the abelisaur Majungsaurus, the latter of which may have been a predatory threat to both Vahiny and Rapetosaurus.
- Vahiny depereti, gen. et sp. nov., a new titanosaur (Dinosauria, Sauropoda) from the Upper Cretaceous Maevarano Formation, Madagascar. - Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 34 (3): 606. - K. C. Rogers & J. A. Wilson - 2014.