Fun Vahiny Facts For Kids

Martha Martins
Jul 27, 2022 By Martha Martins
Originally Published on Mar 31, 2022
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Excavated from the depths of the ‬Maevarano Formation in northwestern Madagascar, Vahiny dates back to around 70-66 million years during the Maastrichtian period of the Late Cretaceous. The specimen was discovered along with the titanosaur, Rapetosaurus.

Although the genus was constructed with the help of a braincase only, it was a groundbreaking discovery. Paleontologists have deciphered characteristics unique to this prehistoric Earth dweller and are still hopeful of uncovering more fossil specimens for the benefit of scientific research.

In 2014, the genus was named and described by Jeffrey A. Wilson and Kristina Curry Rogers. Research shows that the dinosaur coexisted with the Rahonavis, Majungsaurus, and Masiakasaurus.

However, the social relationship among these dinosaurs is shrouded in mystery. In fact, it is believed that the Majungsaurus posed a major threat for the Vahiny as well as Rapetosaurus because both were herbivore sauropods and perhaps had to survive predation.

Vahiny Interesting Facts

How do you pronounce 'Vahiny'?

The ideal way to pronounce Vahiny is 'Vah-in-y'.

What type of dinosaur was a Vahiny?

Vanihy was a type of titanosaur sauropod.

In which geological period did the Vahiny roam the Earth?

These titanosaurs belong to the Maastrichtian period of the Late Cretaceous epoch.

When did the Vahiny become Extinct?

Although the accurate timeframe of when the entire population of the Vahiny was erased is unknown, it was among the dinosaurs that became Extinct hundreds of million years ago.

Where did Vahiny live?

Since the fossil specimen (a braincase) of Vahiny was retrieved from the ‬Maevarano Formation in northwestern Madagascar, it can be inferred that this titanosaur resided in parts of Africa.

What was the Vahinys' habitat?

The habitat of Vahiny essentially encompassed terrestrial ecosystems including grasslands and forests.

Who did the Vahiny live with?

The social habits of the species couldn't be analyzed from the remains of its skull.

How long did a Vahiny live?

The average lifespan of Vahiny cannot be stated owing to the dearth of data.

How did they reproduce?

Vahiny engaged in oviparous reproduction.

Vahiny Fun Facts

What did the Vahiny look like?

Vahiny had a distinct braincase. Differences in its basipterygoid processes, basal tubera, and parasphenoid were noticed which differentiates this species from other titanosaurs.

Vahiny was one of the herbivore titanosaurs.

We've been unable to source an image of Vahiny and have used an image of Aeolosaurus rionegrinus instead. If you are able to provide us with a royalty-free image of Vahiny, we would be happy to credit you. Please contact us at hello@kidadl.com.

How many bones did a Vahiny have?

Vahiny has been reconstructed by paleontologists based on a partial braincase only. Therefore, it's currently impossible to state the total number of bones that constituted its skeletal structure.

How did they communicate?

Vahiny interacted through vocalizations and gestures.

How big was the Vahiny?

The size of Vahiny couldn't be determined owing to the lack of fossil evidence.

How fast could a Vahiny move?

The speed range is yet to be deciphered.

How much did a Vahiny weigh?

It can be assumed that the Vahiny was bulky purely because it was a titanosaur.

What were the male and female names of the species?

Dinosaurs had no specific names for different sexes.

What would you call a baby Vahiny?

A baby Vahiny can be simply called a young.

How aggressive were they?

Since Vahiny was a herbivore, it can be deduced that it was not as hostile as most of the theropods like the Tyrannosaurus.

Did You Know…

Vahiny drew similarities with Jainosaurus discovered in India.

We've been unable to source an image of Vahiny and have used an image of a sauropod instead. If you are able to provide us with a royalty-free image of Vahiny, we would be happy to credit you. Please contact us at hello@kidadl.com.

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Written by Martha Martins

Bachelor of Arts specializing in Linguistics

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Martha MartinsBachelor of Arts specializing in Linguistics

Martha is a full-time creative writer, content strategist, and aspiring screenwriter who communicates complex thoughts and ideas effectively. She has completed her Bachelor's in Linguistics from Nasarawa State University. As an enthusiast of public relations and communication, Martha is well-prepared to substantially impact your organization as your next content writer and strategist. Her dedication to her craft and commitment to delivering high-quality work enables her to create compelling content that resonates with audiences.

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