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Molluscan Evolution and Phylogeny

winson F. Ponder and David R. Lindberg

in Phylogeny and Evolution of the Mollusca

Published by University of California Press

Published in print March 2008 | ISBN: 9780520250925
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520933705 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520250925.003.0001
Molluscan Evolution and Phylogeny

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This introductory chapter explains the coverage of this book, which is about the phylogeny and evolution of the members of phylum Mollusca. It explains that the Mollusca are the second largest phylum of animals, with about 200,000 living species and that they have a remarkable fossil record reaching back to the earliest Cambrian period. This book represents the works of thirty-six different contributors from eleven countries and it reflects the globalization of molluscan evolutionary studies that has taken place during the last fifty years.

Keywords: Mollusca; phylogeny; evolution; phylum; living species; fossil record; Cambrian period; evolutionary studies

Chapter.  9508 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Zoology and Animal Sciences

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