Lower Maleri Formation

Lower Maleri Formation
Stratigraphic range: Late Carnianearly Norian
TypeGeological formation
Unit ofGondwana Group
UnderliesUpper Maleri Formation
Coordinates19°12′N 79°42′E / 19.2°N 79.7°E / 19.2; 79.7
Approximate paleocoordinates36°24′S 38°12′E / 36.4°S 38.2°E / -36.4; 38.2
RegionAndhra Pradesh & Telangana
Country India
ExtentPranhita–Godavari Basin
Lower Maleri Formation is located in India
Lower Maleri Formation
Lower Maleri Formation (India)

The Lower Maleri Formation is a sedimentary rock formation found in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, India. It is the lowermost member of the Pranhita–Godavari Basin. It is of late Carnian to early Norian age (Upper Triassic), and is notable for its fossils of early dinosaurs, including the basal saurischian (possible theropod) Alwalkeria.

Vertebrate fauna

cf. Angistorhinus and cf. Typothorax have also been recovered from it.

Vertebrates from the Lower Maleri Formation
Genus Species Location Stratigraphic position Material Notes Images
Alwalkeria A. maleriensis Andhra Pradesh "Partial skull and postcranial remains."
Panthasaurus P.maleriensis A temnospondyl
Exaeretodon E. statisticae
Hyperodapedon H. huxleyi
Malerisaurus M. robinsonae
Massospondylus M. hislopi Andhra Pradesh "Isolated vertebrae." Later found to be indeterminate prosauropod remains
Parasuchus P. hislopi
Plateosaurus Indeterminate Andhra Pradesh Later found to be indeterminate prosauropod remains
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Taxon Reclassified taxon Taxon falsely reported as present Dubious taxon or junior synonym Ichnotaxon Ootaxon Morphotaxon
Uncertain or tentative taxa are in small text; crossed out taxa are discredited.


The formation has been correlated with the Molteno Formation (Karoo Basin) and Pebbly Arkose Formation of Africa, the Santa Maria Formation of the Paraná Basin in Brazil, the Ischigualasto Formation of the Ischigualasto-Villa Unión Basin of Argentina and the lowermost Chinle Formation of North America.

See also

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