The fossil record of biodiversity in angola through time: A paleontological perspective

Octávio Mateus*, Pedro M. Callapez, Michael J. Polcyn, Anne S. Schulp, António Olímpio Gonçalves, Louis L. Jacobs

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This chapter provides an overview of the alpha paleobiodiversity of Angola based on the available fossil record that is limited to the sedimentary rocks, ranging in age from Precambrian to the present. The geological period with the highest paleobiodiversity in the Angolan fossil record is the Cretaceous, with more than 80% of the total known fossil taxa, especially marine molluscs, including ammonites as a majority among them. The vertebrates represent about 15% of the known fauna and about one tenth of them are species firstly described based on specimens from Angola.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBiodiversity of Angola
Subtitle of host publicationScience and Conservation: A Modern Synthesis
EditorsBrian J. Huntley, Vladimir Russo, Fernanda Lages, Nuno Ferrand
PublisherSpringer International Publishing AG
Number of pages24
ISBN (Electronic)9783030030834
ISBN (Print)9783030030827
Publication statusPublished - 2019


  • Ammonites
  • Benguela Basin
  • Cenozoic
  • Cretaceous
  • Cuanza Basin
  • Dinosaur
  • Invertebrates
  • Mammals
  • Mollusca
  • Mosasaur
  • Namibe Basin
  • Paleobiodiversity
  • Pleistocene
  • Plesiosaur
  • Turtle
  • Vertebrate


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