Aerosaurus

Name: Aerosaurus ‭(‬Copper lizard‭)‬.
Phonetic: Air-o-sore-us.
Named By: Alfred S.‭ ‬Romer‭ ‬-‭ ‬1937.
Classification: Chordata,‭ ‬Synapsida,‭ ‬Eupelycosauria,‭ ‬Varanopidae,‭ ‬Varanodontinae.
Species: A.‭ ‬greenleeorum‭ (‬type‭)‬,‭ ‬A.‭ ‬wellesi.
Diet: Uncertain.
Size: From about‭ ‬75‭ ‬to‭ ‬100‭ ‬centimetres long.
Known locations: USA,‭ ‬New Mexico‭ ‬-‭ ‬Abo Cutler Formation.
Time period: Gzhelian of the Carboniferous through to the Roadian of the Permian.
Fossil representation: Two individuals.

       Aerosaurus is considered to have been a precursor to later pelycosaurs like Varanops,‭ ‬yet there are some questions as to the true nature of Aerosaurus.‭ ‬The teeth of Aerosaurus are sharp and recurved backwards like those of a predator,‭ ‬yet they are very tightly packed so that they form a continuous row kind of like a saw blade.‭ ‬This could denote a specialised method of feeding like a filter feeder,‭ ‬or perhaps being a form of‭ ‬rudimentary‭ ‬rake for stripping fronds of vegetation from fern-like plants.‭
       In addition to the teeth,‭ ‬the ribs were also quite long which meant that the body was deeper with possibly more room for a larger digestive system which may have been necessary for processing plant matter.‭ ‬Aerosaurus is also noted for having a proportionately long tail,‭ ‬almost as much as half of the total body length.

Further reading
-‭ ‬New genera and species of pelycosaurian reptiles.‭ ‬Proccedings of the New England Zoological Club XVI:‭ ‬90-96.‭ ‬Alfred S.‭ ‬Romer‭ ‬-‭ ‬1937.
-‭ ‬Aerosaurus wellesi,‭ ‬New Species,‭ ‬a Varanopseid Mammal-Like Reptile‭ (‬Synapsida:‭ ‬Pelycosauria‭) ‬from the Lower Permian of New Mexico,‭ ‬W.‭ ‬Langston Jr‭ & ‬R.‭ ‬R.‭ ‬Reisz‭ ‬-‭ ‬1981.



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