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Re: Huge predator from India
This is all the information I have on the huge predator from India.
Special thanks to George Olshevsky for the informative article found in
the Winter 1994 issue of The Dinosaur Report: a quarterly publication of
the Dinosaur Society.
family: incertae sedis
Describers: P.Yadagiri & K.Ayyasami 1989
meaning: Bruhathkaya (Sanskrit word for "huge body") and sauros = lizard
Type species: Bruhathkayosaurus matleyi
provisionally considered a valid genus
size: 60-65 ft.
weight: 12-15 tons
late Cretaceous (Maastrichtian stage) 65-74 mya
India, Tiruchirapalli dist., Tamil Nadu, northeast of Kallamedu village
Type specimen: GSI PAL/SR/20
an ilium about 1.2 m long (about the same size if not
smaller than Tyrannosaurus rex)
other material: partial femur, tibia (2 meters long), an ischium,
a radius, and a platycoelous caudal centrum
Some of the material is very poor at best. The tibia may even belong to
a sauropod or may be a petrified log. If the material is found to be
valid than we have a gigantic predatory dinosaur unlike any theropod know
and well deserving its own family. The hips are about the same size or a
little smaller than Tyrannosaurus rex, but the femur is very large and
massive. Meaning that the predator was not a swift runner.
Yadagiri,P. & Ayyasami,K., 1989, "A carnosaurian dinosaur from the
Kallamedu Formation (Maastrichtian horizon), Tamilnadu" in Sastry,
M.V.A., et al., eds., Symposium on Three Decades of Development in
Palaeontolgy and Stratigraphy in India: Geological Survey of India
Special Publications 11(1): 523-528.
I hope this answers your question...
John Schneiderman ( firstname.lastname@example.org )