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Temporal range: Late Cretaceous, 70-66 Ma
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Superorder: Sauropterygia
(unranked): Eusauropterygia
Order: Plesiosauria
Family: Elasmosauridae
Genus: Aphrosaurus
  • Aphrosaurus furlongi (type) Welles

Aphrosaurus (meaning "sea-foam lizard") is an extinct genus of plesiosaur from the Mesozoic. The type species is Aphrosaurus furlongi, named by Welles in 1943. Aphrosaurus furlongi was discovered in the Panoche Hills of Fresno County, California in 1939 by rancher Frank C. Piava and named after University of California Berkeley field assistant and specimen preparator Eustace Furlong.[1]

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  1. ^ Hilton, Richard P., Dinosaurs and Other Mesozoic Animals of California, University of California Press, Berkeley 2003 ISBN 0-520-23315-8, at page 100.


  • Carroll, R.L. (1988). Vertebrate Paleontology and Evolution. W.H. Freeman and Company

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