Vitakridrinda

Name: Vitakridrinda ‭(‬named after Vitariki‭)‬.
Phonetic: Ve-tah-kri-drin-dah.
Named By: M.‭ ‬Sadiq Malkani‭ ‬-‭ ‬2006.
Classification: Chordata,‭ ‬Reptilia,‭ ‬Saurischia,‭ ‬Theropoda,‭ ‬Abelisauroidea,‭ ‬Abelisauridae.
Species: V.‭ ‬sulaimani‭ (‬type‭)‬.
Diet: Carnivore.
Size: Unknown due to lack of remains.
Known locations: Pakistan,‭ ‬Balochistan‭ ‬-‭ ‬Pab Formation.
Time period: Maastrichtian of the Cretaceous.
Fossil representation: Partial remains including a tooth,‭ ‬braincase and two femurs‭ (‬thigh bones‭)‬,‭ ‬a partial rostrum‭ (‬snout‭) ‬was later attributed‭ ‬to the genus.‭ ‬Some vertebrae recovered‭.

       Described from very partial remains,‭ ‬Vitakridrinda is a difficult dinosaur to talk about other than it seems to have been an abelisaurid.‭ ‬Abelisaurs were the dominant type of theropods in the southern continents during the late Cretaceous while the tyrannosaurs dominated the North.‭ ‬Because of the abundance of late Cretaceous rocks in Asia,‭ ‬abelisaurids are becoming increasingly common,‭ ‬with several genera such as Rajasaurus,‭ ‬Indosuchus and Rahiolisaurus to name but three coming from the Lameta Formation of nearby India.‭ ‬The late Cretaceous deposits of Pakistan may one day yield an equally impressive collection of abelisaurid genera.
       In‭ ‬2006‭ ‬M.‭ ‬S.‭ ‬Malkani also named five new genera of titanosaur from the Pab Formation,‭ ‬Marisaurus‭, Balochisaurus,‭ ‬Sulaimanisaurus,‭ ‬Khetranisaurus and Pakisaurus,‭ ‬all described only from caudal vertebrae,‭ ‬though at least two have had additional fossils from other areas of the body attributed to them.‭ ‬As a predator,‭ ‬it is not inconceivable that Vitakridrinda may have attacked titanosaurs,‭ ‬particularly juveniles that were not fully grown.

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



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