Named By: J. B. Desojo, M. D. Ezcurra & C. L. Schultz - 2011.
Classification: Chordata, Reptilia, Archosauriformes, Erpetosuchidae.
Species: A. arborensis (type).
Size: Roughly about 2 meters long.
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. A predator of smaller animals, the armour may have protected them from rauisuchians and the early ancestors of the dinosaurs.
- 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.
- Doswelliidae: a clade of unusual armoured archosauriforms from the Middle and Late Triassic. - Geological Society, London, Special Publications. 379 (1): 49–58. - Hans-Dieter Sues, Julia B. Desojo & Martin D. Ezcurra - 2013
- Deep faunistic turnovers preceded the rise of dinosaurs in southwestern Pangaea. - Nature Ecology & Evolution. 1 (10): 1477–1483. - Martín D. Ezcurra, Lucas E. Fiorelli, Agustín G. Martinelli, Sebastián Rocher, M. Belén von Baczko, Miguel Ezpeleta, Jeremías R. A. Taborda, E. Martín Hechenleitner, M. Jimena Trotteyn & Julia B. Desojo - 2017.