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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Abstract

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
Pages53-76
Number of pages24
ISBN (Electronic)9783030030834
ISBN (Print)9783030030827
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2019

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Angola
Biodiversity
fossil record
fossils
biodiversity
Mollusca
mollusc
Vertebrates
sedimentary rocks
sedimentary rock
Precambrian
vertebrate
fossil
fauna
Cretaceous
molluscs
vertebrates

Keywords

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

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Mateus, O., Callapez, P. M., Polcyn, M. J., Schulp, A. S., Gonçalves, A. O., & Jacobs, L. L. (2019). The fossil record of biodiversity in angola through time: A paleontological perspective. In B. J. Huntley, V. Russo, F. Lages, & N. Ferrand (Eds.), Biodiversity of Angola: Science and Conservation: A Modern Synthesis (pp. 53-76). Springer International Publishing AG. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-03083-4_4
Mateus, Octávio ; Callapez, Pedro M. ; Polcyn, Michael J. ; Schulp, Anne S. ; Gonçalves, António Olímpio ; Jacobs, Louis L. / The fossil record of biodiversity in angola through time : A paleontological perspective. Biodiversity of Angola: Science and Conservation: A Modern Synthesis. editor / Brian J. Huntley ; Vladimir Russo ; Fernanda Lages ; Nuno Ferrand. Springer International Publishing AG, 2019. pp. 53-76
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The fossil record of biodiversity in angola through time : A paleontological perspective. / Mateus, Octávio; Callapez, Pedro M.; Polcyn, Michael J.; Schulp, Anne S.; Gonçalves, António Olímpio; Jacobs, Louis L.

Biodiversity of Angola: Science and Conservation: A Modern Synthesis. ed. / Brian J. Huntley; Vladimir Russo; Fernanda Lages; Nuno Ferrand. Springer International Publishing AG, 2019. p. 53-76.

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Mateus O, Callapez PM, Polcyn MJ, Schulp AS, Gonçalves AO, Jacobs LL. The fossil record of biodiversity in angola through time: A paleontological perspective. In Huntley BJ, Russo V, Lages F, Ferrand N, editors, Biodiversity of Angola: Science and Conservation: A Modern Synthesis. Springer International Publishing AG. 2019. p. 53-76 https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-03083-4_4