Pranhita–Godavari Basin

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Pranhita–Godavari Basin
Stratigraphic range: Late Carboniferous-Early Cretaceous
Type Structural basin
Region Asia
Country India

The Pranhita–Godavari Basin is a northwest–southeast striking geological structural basin (rift basin) in eastern India. The basin contains up to 7 kilometres of sedimentary strata of late Carboniferous/early Permian to Cretaceous age.[1] The basin is 400 km in length with a width of about 100 km and is terminated by the coast of the Indian Ocean on the southeast end.[2]

Late Triassic and the Early Jurassic strata in the basin host dinosaur fossils.[3][4] The Pranhita–Godavari Basin contains four Triassic–Jurassic formations, namely Lower Maleri, Upper Maleri, Lower Dharmaram and Upper Dharmaram.[3][5]

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  1. ^ B. S. P. Sarma1, and M. V. R. Krishna Rao; Basement structure of Godavari basin, India – Geophysical modelling, Current Science, V. 88, NO. 7, pp. 1172-5, 10 April 2005
  2. ^ Pranhita-Godavari Basin Directorate General of Hydrocarbons, Govt. of India
  3. ^ a b Fernando E. Novas; Martin D. Ezcurra; Sankar Chatterjee; T. S. Kutty (2011). "New dinosaur species from the Upper Triassic Upper Maleri and Lower Dharmaram formations of central India". Earth and Environmental Science Transactions of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. 101 (3-4): 333–349. doi:10.1017/S1755691011020093. 
  4. ^ Kutty, T.S.; Chatterjee, S.; Galton, P.M.; Upchurch, P. (2007). "Basal sauropodomorphs (Dinosauria: Saurischia) from the Lower Jurassic of India: their anatomy and relationships". Journal of Paleontology. 81 (6): 1552–1574. doi:10.1666/04-074.1. 
  5. ^ Langer, M. C. (2004). "Basal Saurischia". In Weishampel, D. B.; Dodson, P.; Osmólska, H. The Dinosauria. Bloomington and Indianapolis: Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press. pp. 25–46. 

Coordinates: 18°N 80°E / 18°N 80°E / 18; 80