Comparative morphology and phylogeny of anomalodesmatan bivalves

Sartori, A. F. (2009) Comparative morphology and phylogeny of anomalodesmatan bivalves. PhD thesis, University of Cambridge.

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Anomalodesmatans comprise a large, ancient and ecologically diverse group of ma- rine bivalves, but are nonetheless inconspicuous in most extant shallow water commu- nities. For various reasons, which include their present scarcity and a bewildering array of disparate morphologies, representatives of the group have always proved difficult to interpret, and their systematics lagged behind those of most other major bivalve taxa. Most of this dissertation reports the results of a comparative investigation on the shell morphology and anatomy of extant anomalodesmatans, which formed the basis for a reassessment of hypotheses of primary homology established by previous investigators and identification of novel characters for phylogenetic inference.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Uncontrolled Keywords: thesis
Subjects: 04 - Palaeobiology
Divisions: 04 - Palaeobiology
Depositing User: Sarah Humbert
Date Deposited: 12 Sep 2013 09:41
Last Modified: 12 Sep 2013 09:41

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