Name: Archeopelta ‭(‬Ancient shield‭)‬.
Phonetic: Ar-kay-o-pel-tah.
Named By: J.‭ ‬B.‭ ‬Desojo,‭ ‬M.‭ ‬D.‭ ‬Ezcurra‭ & ‬C.‭ ‬L.‭ ‬Schultz‭ ‬-‭ ‬2011.
Classification: Chordata,‭ ‬Reptilia,‭ ‬Archosauriformes,‭ ‬Doswelliidae.
Species: A.‭ ‬arborensis‭ (‬type‭)‬.
Diet: Carnivore.
Size: Unavailable.
Known locations: Brazil,‭ ‬Santa Maria Formation.
Time period: Ladinian of the Triassic.
Fossil representation: Braincase and partial skeleton.

       Archeopelta was a quadrupedal low slung reptile with a build similar to that of a crocodile.‭ ‬Archeopelta also would have had armoured scutes protecting its body in a similar manner to a crocodile.‭ ‬As a member of the Doswelliidae,‭ ‬Archeopelta would have also been related to Doswellia and Tarjada.‭ ‬These are seen as predators of smaller animals,‭ ‬though their armour may have protected them from rauisuchians and the early ancestors of the dinosaurs.

Further reading
-‭ ‬An unusual new archosauriform from the Middle–Late Triassic of southern Brazil and the monophyly of Doswelliidae,‭ ‬J.‭ ‬B.‭ ‬Desojo,‭ ‬M.‭ ‬D.‭ ‬Ezcurra‭ & ‬C.‭ ‬L.‭ ‬Schultz‭ ‬-‭ ‬2011.


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