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Pakistan dino papers



From: Ben Creisler bh480@scn.org

In case these links to papers have not been mentioned 
here, some articles about dino taxa from Pakistan can be 
downloaded at:

http://www.usindh.edu.pk/surj/volume_41_02/Balochi_11.pdf

Malkani, M.S. 2009. NEW BALOCHISAURUS (BALOCHISAURIDAE, 
TITANOSAURIA, SAUROPODA) AND VITAKRIDRINDA (THEROPODA) 
REMAINS FROM PAKISTAN.
>From first ever to until now about 30 localities of 
dinosaurs and crocodiles are discovered
from Mesozoic of Pakistan. Among these one locality 
(Baroch Nala of Malakhel area) from middle
Jurassic of Kohat and Potwar Basin, 25 localites (PDL-1 to 
PDL-25 from Vitakri region include
Vitakri, Gambrak and Mari Bohri areas, Rakhni region 
include Mat Khetran and Karcha-Jhabbar areas,
Baeker region include Bhal area, and Fort Munro region 
include Top Girdu and Mian Ghundi Khar
areas) from the latest Cretaceous of Sulaiman Basin and 4 
localities like Sun Chaku and Charow from
Late Jurassic, and Karkh and Khuzdar from Late Cretaceous 
of Kirthar basin are known so far.
Balochisaurus (Balochisauridae, Titanosauria, Sauropoda) 
remains have been found from the latest
Cretaceous Vitakri Formation (previously upper member of 
Pab Formation) in Mari Bohri, Kinwa Kali
Kakor, Basti Nala (Zubra) Gambrak, Bor Kali Kakor, Grut 
Gambrak and some other localities of
Sulaiman basin, Pakistan. These fossils provide new 
insights in to skull and postcranial morphology.
Multipurpose tail special with trispinous distalmost 
caudal centrum of Balochisaurus (along with some
other genera) from Pakistan provides a new look of 
titanosaurs. The skull discoveries of Balochisaurus
(Marisaurus and Pakisaurus) from Pakistan add the skull 
diversity of titanosaurs. Due to dearth of
cranial data and lack of common associated elements in 
titanosaurs has left even the most basic skeletal
morphology of the clade controversial and has precluded 
detailed study of its higher and lower level
phylogeny, but now Pakistan has this advantage which 
produced associated cranial, axial and
appendicular elements of Balochisaurus (Marisaurus and 
Pakisaurus).
Large bodied Vitakridrinda (Theropoda) remains have been 
found from Alam, Bor, Sangiali,
Shalghara, Kinwa, Top Kinwa, Mari Bohri etc. localities of 
Sulaiman basin and Karkh area of Kirthar
Basin. New remains from many sites and an articulated 
elements of pes, along with the confrontation
scenario between two Vitakridrinda deduced from its 
holotypic rostrum are also being described here.
Keywords: Balochisaurus, Balochisauridae, Titanosauria, 
Vitakri Formation, Vitakridrinda, Theropoda, Late
Cretaceous, Pakistan, Malkani.

http://www.usindh.edu.pk/surj/vol_40_02_2008.pdf

Malkani, M. Sadiq, 2008. Articulated partial skull, and 
its associated axial and limb elements of Marisaurus 
(Balochisauridae, Titanosauria, Sauropoda) discovered from 
the latest Cretaceous Sulaiman basin of Pakistan. 
Sind University Research Journal - Science Series Volume: 
40 Issue: 2 Pages: 55-78 Published: December 2008 
       
  
Author(s): Malkani, M. Sadiq (malkanims@yahoo.com) 

Abstract: Marisaurus associated remains has been found 
from the latest Cretaceous Vitakri member of Pab Formation 
in Mari Bohri, Darwaza, Bor, Kinwa, Top Kinwa, Alam Kali 
Kakor and some other localities of Sulaiman Basin, 
Pakistan. Marisaurus from Alam Kali Kakor locality 
provides the opportunity to view the most complete (more 
than one third) skeleton of titanosaur yet discovered. It 
is also hoped other remaining preserved assemblages can be 
found on further excavations at many sites. The Marisaurus 
(Balochisaurus and Pakisaurus) bear the associated 
cranial, vertebral and limb elements found from Pakistan, 
because previously no such associations are found except 
Rapetosaurus from Madagascar and a few recent discoveries 
from Argentina. It also helps to resolve the position of 
Mongolian genera like Nemegtosaurus and Quaesitosaurus. It 
provides new insights in to skull and postcranial 
morphology. Multipurpose tail special with trispinous 
distalmost caudal centrum of Marisaurus (and 
Balochisaurus) of Balochisauridae and some or all genera 
of Pakisauridae found from Pakistan provide a new look of 
titanosaurs. The skull discoveries of Marisaurus (and 
Balochisaurus) adds the general morphs of sauropod skulls 
like moderate inclined, elongate and camellate (with large 
open internal cells), in the previously reported two 
morphs like high and short, and low and elongate. Due to 
dearth of cranial data and lack of common associated 
elements in titanosaurs has left even the most basic 
skeletal morphology of the clade controversial and has 
precluded detailed study of its higher and lower level 
phylogeny, but now Pakistan has this advantage which 
produced associated cranial, axial and appendicular 
elements of Marisaurus (and also Balochisaurus and 
Pakisaurus). The Rapetosaurus, Marisaurus, Balochisaurus, 
Pakisaurus, some Argentinean and Mongolian forms have 
great potential to resolve paleobiogeography, lower and 
higher level phylogeny of titanosaurs. 



http://www.gsp.gov.pk/Malkani%202006b.pdf

Malkani. M. S. 2006. Biodiversity of Saurischian Dinosaurs 
from the Latest Cretaceous Park of
Pakistan. Journal of Applied and Emerging Sciences, 1 (3) 
108-140, April, 2006

>From first fossil to about three thousand fossilized 
bones/ pieces of bones of dinosaurs have been collected
by me from the Latest Cretaceous (70-65 million years 
before) Vitakri member/Dinosaur beds of upper part
of Pab Formation, Barkhan, Dera Bugti, Kohlu and Dera 
Ghazi Khan districts, Balochistan and Punjab
provinces, Pakistan. The studies of collected caudal 
centra, femora, and tibiae show the number of taxa of
dinosaurs, although most of the bones were fragmented but 
are well preserved. Most of the bones are found
on or just near the in situ deposition in the overbank red 
muds. The down ward transportation after the
exposure is very small and a few metre only. At many 
localities most of the bones are found together
representing their association. Many localities deserve 
excavation for exploration of articulated bodies of
these exceptional large animals.Titanosaurian 
synopomorphies are observed as procoelous caudals, forward
insertion of neural arches on caudals; a prominent 
olecranon process on ulna; pneumatic/spongy texture of
illia, cervical and dorsal vertebrae; and external nares 
retracted backward. Two families of sauropod
Titanosauria as Pakisaurids (Titanosaurids) and 
Balochisaurids (Saltasaurids) are identified on the basis 
of
morphology of caudals, femora and tibiae. Late Jurassic 
limb fossils represent one genus and species
Brohisaurus kirthari of Pakisaurids (Titanosaurids). 
Latest Cretaceous caudal vertebrae represent three genus
and species Pakisaurus balochistani, Sulaimanisaurus 
gingerichi and Khetranisaurus barkhani of
Pakisaurids (Titanosaurids); and two genus and species 
Marisaurus jeffi and Balochisaurus, of
Balochisaurids (Saltasaurids). One genus and species 
Vitakridrinda sulaimani of Latest Cretaceous
Abelisaurids theropod dinosaur is established on the basis 
of partial skull, some vertebrae and a pair of
proximal femora.So far the Late Cretaceous Lameta 
Formation of India has served as the sole source of
information on Cretaceous vertebrates of Indo-Pakistan sub-
continent and their remains are inadequate for
assessing generic-level affinities but the new discoveries 
from Pakistan have produced a large number of
well preserved fossils and are useful for 
paleobiogeographic reconstruction and phylogeny.
Key words: Biodiversity, 5 titanosaurs, 1 abelisaur, 
dinosaurs, late Cretaceous Park, Pakistan.


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I just came across these. They were possibly mentioned 
here in the past but slipped by me. There may be more 
available. I think these links are free (at least they 
worked when I tried to download them).