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meaning: "Copper lizard"
Named By: Alfred S. Romer in 1937
Time Period: Early Permian, 295 Ma
Location: USA, New Mexico - Abo Cutler Formation
Size: From about 75 to 100 centimetres long
Diet: Uncertain
Fossil(s): Two individuals
Classification: | Chordata | Synapsida | Eupelycosauria | Varanopidae | Varanodontinae |

Aerosaurus (meaning "copper lizard") is an extinct genus within Varanopidae, a family of non-mammalian synapsids. It lived during the 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.

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