Aerosaurus Therapsida Skeleton Plaque measures 23×15 inches. Aerosaurus Therapsida Skeleton Plaque is museum quality polyurethane cast. Made in USA. Aerosaurus wellesi is the scientific name. Our precise skeleton can be used as a teaching tool, museum skeleton exhibit, home decor skeleton, or office decor skeleton. In situ cast of the middle Triassic Mammal like reptile. Please note that this product requires a crate for shipment. Please call 509-951-3557 for crate and shipping quote.

Aerosaurus Therapsida Aerosaurus wellesi (meaning “copper lizard”) is an extinct genus within Varanopidae, a family of non-mammalian synapsids. It lived between 252 to 299 million years ago during the Early Permian in North America.

Aerosaurus Therapsida was a small to medium bodied carnivorous synapsid characterized by its recurved teeth, triangular lateral temporal fenestra, and extended teeth row.

Aerosaurus Therapsida or Aerosaurus wellesi has been recognized as a basal member of the Synapsida, a clade that ultimately produced mammals. Relative to the skull, the body was much larger and the ribs were deeper.

Aerosaurus Therapsida or Aerosaurus wellesi has tail was unusually long for a synapsid. In Aerosaurus wellesi , the teeth were more laterally compressed creating a strong recurved shape.

Aerosaurus Therapsida cranial morphology is distinguishable with its extremely long tooth row, recurved tooth, triangular lateral temporal fenestra. The teeth were so highly curved and compressed that they seem unable to penetrate flesh and the tooth row extended far behind the orbit.

The lower teeth were also relatively tiny and such an arrangement suggests Aerosaurus wellesi was a carnivore. Their limbs were long, and skeleton built lightly suggests they were active and agile.

The skull is 1/4 of the precaudal length of the skeleton with a jaw articulation far back seen in Varanops. Aerosaurus wellesi has snout is long and low with an lessen inclined occiput. The dermal bones are shallow, irregular with pits and grooves and below the orbit we find a saw like serration that hasn’t been seen in other ‘pelycosaurs’.

The skull roof has large round orbits and an undetermined laterally expanded prefrontal process. The postorbital is incomplete, but the postorbital and suborbital bars are thinly shaped.

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Additional information

Weight 30 lbs
Dimensions 23 × 15 in
Aerosaurus Therapsida Facts

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Family: †Varanopidae
Subfamily: †Varanopinae
Genus: †Aerosaurus
Conservation Status: Extinct