SOURCE: Aurora Gold Corporation

December 19, 2008 06:00 ET

Aurora Gold Corporation Announces Further Mineralisation at the São João Gold Project Areas Located in the Tapajos Gold Province, Para, Brazil

ZUG, SWITZERLAND--(Marketwire - December 19, 2008) - Aurora Gold Corporation (the "Company," "Aurora Gold") (OTCBB: ARXG) (Frankfurt: A4G) (XETRA: A4G) (Berlin: A4G), a mineral exploration company focusing on exploration and development in the Tapajos Gold Province, State of Pará, Brazil, is pleased to announce further mineralisation has been mapped at the São João project.

Clearing for the ground geophysics surveys has enabled the Company to access previously unmapped areas. This mapping program has discovered new mineralised quartz veins at São João. The area is shown to host numerous out-cropping and sub-cropping mineralised quartz veins, many having visible gold in hand specimen. An extensive mineralised stock work has been identified between quartz veins, which have also returned anomalous gold results. The current mapping at São João shows a good correlation with the dominant mineralised trend first reported by Aurora Gold during the first quarter of 2007. It is believed these discoveries indicate that São João is a system of sub-parallel quartz veins, much larger than the single vein system first interpreted.

Significant rock chip results are detailed below.

                             13.20 g/t gold
                             13.97 g/t gold
                             14.58 g/t gold
                             15.73 g/t gold
                             16.21 g/t gold
                             17.65 g/t gold
                             29.03 g/t gold
                             42.47 g/t gold
                             95.13 g/t gold

Follow up trenching and bulldozer excavations have confirmed that there are several veins associated with the current mineralisation and that the infilling stock works between the more dominant veins also hosts gold mineralisation.

Current artisanal activity in the newly discovered areas has provided valuable geological exposures, which have been mapped and included in the structural interpretation. Artisanal activity includes water canon and sluice alluvial methods, which rely on gravity to separate the gold from the waste rock. This method exposes the fresh hard rock, host of the mineralisation, which is then mapped and sampled. Since the São João gold mineralisation is generally associated with sulphides, the artisanal activity is limited to areas of oxidised material and generally limited to a maximum depth of 12m. An exploration shaft has been quarried to test extensions of the principal mineralised vein system and intersected quartz vein material interpreted to be part of the strike extension of the principal vein.

Aurora Gold, along with their joint venture partner Samba Minerals Limited, intends to continue the exploration of the São João and Commadante Araras projects by continuing the mapping and interpretation of the area.

Aurora Gold is a mineral exploration company focusing on the exploration and development of its 4 exploration properties and 2 applications in the Tapajos Gold Province, State of Pará, Brazil. The project areas were selected due to their proximity to known gold occurrences and from historical records of gold production. Please note that proximity to an area having historical records of gold production provides no assurance that we will discover any commercial resources on our property. The lithologies associated with the projects are similar to those that have proven to be the host of significant gold occurrences elsewhere in the Tapajos. Aurora Gold's stock trades under the symbol "ARXG" on the OTC Bulletin Board in the United States, under the symbols "A4G.FSE" and "A4G.ETR" on the Frankfurt Exchange and "A4G.BER" on the Berlin-Bremen Stock Exchanges in Germany.

ON BEHALF OF THE BOARD

"Lars Pearl"
Lars Pearl
President, CEO and Director

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Contact Information

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    Lars Pearl
    Phone: (+41) 7887 96966
    Address: level 1, 10 Baarestrasse, Zug, Switzerland 6400
    Website: http://www.aurora-gold.com