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The Early Cambrian Radiation of Mollusca

Pavel Yu. Parkhaev

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/9780520250925.003.0003
The Early Cambrian Radiation of Mollusca

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This chapter examines the radiation of the Mollusca during the early Cambrian period. It provides a brief history of the study of ancient molluscs and their systematic interpretation, describes major groups of Cambrian gastropods, and explains the concept of the so-called adaptive radiation. It highlights the major gaps in knowledge about the early evolution of the Mollusca and outlines some issues that require further studies including microstructural studies and mass phosphate accumulation.

Keywords: Mollusca; ancient molluscs; systematic interpretation; Cambrian gastropods; adaptive radiation; microstructural studies; phosphate accumulation

Chapter.  16828 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Zoology and Animal Sciences

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