Named By: Octavio Mateus, Luis Jacons, Michael Polcyn, Anne S. Schulp, Diana Vineyard, Andre Buta Neto & Miguel Telles Antunes - 2009.
Classification: Chordata, Reptilia, Eucryptodira.
Species: A. mbaxi (type).
Size: Uncertain due to lack of remains. Skull of holotype is 179 millimetres long.
Known locations: Angola - Itombe Formation.
Time period: Turonian of the Cretaceous.
Fossil representation: Almost complete skull and partial post cranial remains (MGUAN-PA 002).
the time of its description, Angolachelys
represents the oldest known
genus of eucryptodire from Africa. Angolachelys
turtle’ after the country where it was discovered. The type
species name A. mbaxi is derived from the word
Mbaxi which means
turtle in the Angolan Nyaneka−Nkumbi and Kimbundo languages
Angolachelys was found in the Itombe Formation which is noted for the large number of marine organisms that were fossilised there. These include ammonites, fish (including sharks), plesiosaurs and mosasaurs including the genus Angolasaurus. Also of interest is that the holotype fossils of the dinosaur Angolatitan, the first to be discovered in Angola, were recovered from this formation.
- The oldest African eucryptodiran turtle from the Cretaceous of Angola - Octavio Mateus, Luis Jacons, Michael Polcyn, Anne S. Schulp, Diana Vineyard, Andre Buta Neto & Miguel Telles Antunes - 2009.