Named By: M. Sadiq Malkani - 2006.
Classification: Chordata, Reptilia, Dinosauria, Saurischia, Sauropodomorpha, Sauropoda, Titanosauria, Balochisauridae?
Species: M. jeffi (type).
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.
the palaeontologists M. Sadiq Malkani described five new genera of
titanosaur, Marisaurus, Balochisaurus,
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
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.
- Biodiversity of saurischian dinosaurs from the latest Cretaceous Park of Pakistan, M. Sadiq Malkani - 2006.