Evolution on the Half Shell...

The Assembling the Tree of Life: Bivalvia project (BivAToL) is a part of the Assembling the Tree of Life initiative, a large research effort sponsored by the National Science Foundation. Its goal is to reconstruct the evolutionary origins of all living things.

 

Jetsam & Flotsam

Not only do bivalves vary greatly in size and shape, but they also look different inside. Below is the internal anatomy of 2 species of clams.

In July 2011 at the 77th Annual Meeting of the American Malacological Society, Ilya Temkin presented a paper in the “Cretaceous and Cenozoic Molluscan Paleontology Symposium,” coauthored with Ellen Strong, entitled “Evolution of the alimentary system in heterodont bivalves,” about his excellent anatomical work on bivalve stomachs. Also presenting from our team were Paula Mikkelsen, Dan Graf, and John Pfeiffer. More...