Temporal range: Late Carboniferous - Early Permian
|Life restoration of Aerosaurus wellesi|
Aerosaurus (meaning "copper lizard") is an extinct genus within Varanopidae, a family of non-mammalian synapsids. It lived from the Late Carboniferous to Early Permian in North America. The name comes from Latin aes (aeris) (combining stem: aer-) “copper” and Greek sauros “lizard,” for El Cobre Canyon (from Spanish cobre “copper”) in northern New Mexico, where the type fossil was found and the site of former copper mines.
- Romer, A. S. 1937. New genera and species of pelycosaurian reptiles. Proccedings of the New England Zoological Club XVI: 90-96.
- The main groups of non-mammalian synapsids at Mikko's Phylogeny Archive
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