Melanorosaurus was a herbivore (plant-eater) that lived in South Africa
during the Triassic period,
about 227 to 221 million years ago.
It was once considered to have been a
Prosauropod, but is today
widely considered to be one of the earliest
Melanorosaurus was about to 39 feet (12 meters) long.
specimen was found on the North slope of
Thaba 'Nyama (Black Mountain) in Transkei, South Africa.
The creature's name means "Black Mountain Lizard".
"Melanorosaurus" means "Black Mountain lizard" (after a mountain in South Africa).
Melanosaurus was a member of the Saurischia ("lizard-hipped") order of dinosaurs. What this means, is that although Melanosaurus was not closely related to lizards, it did have similarly shaped pelvic bones.
Melanosaurus was a Sauropod - a member of a group of related large quadrupedal herbivorous (plant-eating) dinosaur with long necks.
Melanorosaurus lived between about 227 million years ago and 221 million years ago, during the Triassic period.
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