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Weight1300 kilos
Length8 meters
Height2 meters
Melanorosaurus is a sauropod dinosaur of the late Triassic period. As an omnivore the Melanorosaurus during this time could be found eating plants and meat in South Africa approximately 221 million years ago. Melanorosaurus was a medium-sized dinosaur with an approximate weight of 1300 kilograms (591 pounds) and an estimated length of 8 meters (27 feet). This medium-sized omnivore likely measured 2 meters (7 feet) tall.

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