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Vitakrisaurus
Temporal range: Late Cretaceous, 70Ma
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Sauropsida
Superorder: Dinosauria
Order: Saurischia
Suborder: Theropoda
Family: Noasauridae
Genus: Vitakridrinda
Type species
Vitakrisaurus saraiki
Malkhani, 2006
Vitakrisaurus

Holotype phalanges

Vitakrisaurus is a genus of noasaurid theropod dinosaurs represented by only one known species, Vitakrisaurus saraiki. It lived in the late Cretaceous period, approximately 70 million years ago, during the Maastrichtian, in what is today the Indian subcontinent. Its fossils were found in Pakistan's Vitraki Formation. The holotype specimen, MSM-303-2 is a right foot with a seemingly tridactyl form and robust phalanges. It belonged to the noasauridae due to similarities with the foot of Velocisaurus, although inconsistincies within its brief description and a lack of comparison with other theropods within the 2006 paper makes formal classification difficult.

Sources

  • Malkani, 2010. "Stratigraphy and mineral potential of Sulaiman (Middle Indus) basin, Pakistan". Sindh University Research Journal (Science Series). 42(2), 39-66.
  • Malkani, 2011." Vitakridrinda and Vitakrisaurus of Vitakrisauridae Theropoda from Pakistan". Proceedings of the 6th Symposium of IGCP 507 on Paleoclimates of the Cretaceous in Asia and their global correlation. Beijing, China. 59-66.
  • Theropod database Vitakrisaurus saraiki
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