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Evolutionary Biology of the Bivalvia

Product Code: SP177
Series: GSL Special Publications
Author/Editor: Edited by E. M. Harper, J. D. Taylor & J. A. Crame
Publication Date: 12 December 2000
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Bivalves are the key components of Recent marine and freshwater ecosystems and have been so for most of the Phanerozoic. Their rich and long fossil record, combined with their abundance and diversity in modern seas, has made bivalves the ideal subject of palaeobiological and evolutionary studies. Despite this, however, topics such as early evolution of the class, relationships between various taxa and the life habits of some key extinct forms have remained remarkably clear.In the last few years there has been enormous expansion in the range of techniques available to both palaeontologists and zoologists and key discoveries of new faunas which shed new light on the evolutionary biology of this important class.This volume integrates palaeontological and zoological approaches and sheds new light on the course of the bivalve evolution. This series of 32 original papers tackles key issues including: up to date molecular phylogenies of major groups; new hard and soft morphological cladistic analyses; reassessments of the early Palaeozoic radiation; important new observations on form and functional morphology; analyses of biogeography and biodiversity; novel (palaeo)ecological studies. Readership: Professional palaeontologists and zoologists. Also useful for final year and postgraduate courses specifically on molluscs.

Type: Book
Ten Digit ISBN: 1-86239-076-2
Thirteen Digit ISBN: 978-1-86239-076-8
Publisher: GSL
Binding: Hardback
Pages: 532
Weight: 1.40 kg

Contents

Unravelling the evolutionary biology of the Bivalvia: a multidisciplinary approach • Molecular phylogeny of the Bivalvia inferred from 18S rDNA sequences with particular reference to the Pteriomorphia • Molecular evolution of the Bivalvia • Cladistic perspectives on early bivalve evolution • A new look at early bivalve evolution • A preliminary phylogeny for rudist bivalves: sifting clades from grades • Relationships between the extant Anomalodesmata: a cladistic test • Prodigious polyphyly in imperilled freshwater pearly mussels (Bivalvia: Unionidae): a phylogenetic test of species and generic designations • On becoming cemented: evolutionary relationships in the freshwater bivalve family Etheriidae • Comparative sperm ultrastructure in pteriomorphian bivalve with special reference to phylogenetic and taxonomic implications • Relevance of sperm ultrastructure to the classification of giant clams (Mollusca, Cardioidea, Cardiidae, Tridacnidae) • Functional anatomy, chemosymbiosis and evolution of the Lucinidae • Early Cretaceous giant bivalves from methane seep limestone mounds, Wollaston Forland, NE Greenland • The function of pallial eyes within the Pectinidae, with a new description of the eyes of Patinopecten yessoensis • Functional anatomy of the digestive system of Neoteredo • Evolutionary trajectories of a redundant feature: lessons from gill abfrontal cilia and mucocyte distributions • Growth patterns of noetiid ligaments: implications of developmental models for the origin of an evolutionary novelty among arcoid bivalves • Carboniferous praecardioid bivalves from the exceptional Buckhorn Asphalt biota of south-central Oklahoma, USA • Evolutionary significance of fossil larval shell characters: a case study from the Ostreidea (Bivalvia: Pteriomorphia) • Morphodynamic of Bryopa and the evolution of the clavagellids • Calcium concretions in the interstitial tissues of the Australian freshwater mussel Hyridella depressa (Hyriidae) • Teranota and its implications on anomalodesmatan phylogeny • The nature and origin of taxonomic diversity gradients in marine bivalves • Dissecting the latitudinal diversity gradient in marine bivalves • Marine bivalves of the Florida Keys: discovered biodiversity • Genetic relationships of Mytilus galloprovincialis Lmk. Populations worldwide: evidence from nuclear-DNA markers • Size: all it’s shaped up to be? Evolution of shape through the lifespan of the Cenozoic bivalve Spissatella (Crassatellidae) • The Queen Scallop Aequipecten opercularis: a source of information on late Cenozoic marine environments in Europe • The myth of metabolic cold adaptation: oxygen consumption in stenothermal Antarctic bivalves • Flexibility of burrowing depth in the bivalve Macoma balthica: experimental evidence and possible implications • Herring gulls feeding on a recent invader in the Wadden Sea, Ensis directus • The evolution, adaptation and ecological significance of marine mytilid musselsPrincipal authors: G. Steiner, University of Vienna, Austria. D. C. Campbell, University of North Carolina at Chapel, USA. J. G. Carter, University of North Carolina at Chapel, USA. J. C. W. Cope, Cardiff University, UK. P. W. Skelton, Open University, UK. E. M. Harper, Cambridge University, UK. C. Lydeard, University of Alabama, USA. A. E. Bogan, North Carolina State Museum of Natural Science, USA. J. M. Healy, University of Queensland, Australia. J. L. Keys, University of Queensland, Australia. J. D. Taylor, The Natural History Museum, UK. S. R. A. Kelly, Shell UK Exploration and Production, UK. B. Morton, The University of Hong Kong, China. S. G. B. C. Lopes, Universidad de Sao Paulo, Brasil. P. G. Beninger, Universite de Nantes, France. R. D. K. Thomas, Franklin & Marshall College, USA. P. Edelaar, Netherlands Institute for Sea Research, Netherlands. T. E. Yancey, Texas A & M University, USA. N. Malchus, Frei Universitat Berlin, Germany. E. Savazzi, Sweden. M. Byrne, University of Sydney, Australia. N. S. Rogalla, Universitat Marburg, Germany. J. A. Crame, British Antarctic Survey, UK. D. Jablonski, University of Chicago, USA. P. A. Mikkelsen, American Museum of Natural History, USA. C. Daguin, Station Mediterraneene de L’Enviromnent Littoral, France. J. S. Crampton, Institute of Geological and Nuclear Science, New Zealand. A. L. A. Johnson, University of Derby, UK. L. S. Peck, British Antarctic Survey, UK. G. Cadee, Netherlands Institute for Sea Research, The Netherlands. R. Seed, University of Wales Bangor, UK.

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