Bivalves: An Eon of Evolution
Paleobiological Studies
Honoring Norman D. Newell

Paul A. Johnston
and James W. Haggart, editors

8.5 x 11 in.

ISBN 1552380041 softcover $44.95
ISBN 155238005X hardcover $59.95
November 1998

vi + 475 pages
270 photographs/illustrations


About the Book

Since their origin in the Early Cambrian, the bivalve molluscs have evolved a remarkable variety of forms that reflect their diverse habits through the Phanerozoic Eon. The thirty papers in the volume represent the proceedings of an international symposium on the paleobiology and evolution of the bivalves held at the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Paleontology, Drumheller, Canada, September 29 - October 2, 1995. An international group of authors, representing a dozen countries, draw on diverse aspects of both fossil and living bivalves, including their form, functional morphology, morphogenesis, taphonomy, shell microstructure, cladistic relationships, biostratigraphic distributions, and molecular sequences.

The result is an authoritative and comprehensive collection of studies dedicated to Dr. Normal D. Newell, and eminent paleontologist whose ongoing contributions to the study of bivalve evolution spans six decades. With more than 200 illustrations, and a foreward by renowned paleobiologist and author Stephen Jay Gould, Bivalves: An Eon of Evolution presents a broad spectrum of current research on fossil and living bivavles.

From Stephen Jay Gould's foreword:

"Needless to say, the provocation of good arguments based on such well documented information constitutes the soul of science, and makes this collection of articles particularly valuable for paleontologists and evolutionary biologists. . . . I was most impressed by the extensive series of interesting papers on growth and form, leading to inferences about phylogeny and functional morphology."


Table of Contents

  1. Origin of the Molluscan Class Bivalvia and a Phylogeny of Major Groups
  2. Lower Jurassic and Aalenian Bivalve Ranges of Western and Northern Canada
  3. Early Carboniferous Bivalves of the Central European Culm Facies
  4. Mode of Life of Some Brazilian Late Paleozoic Anomalodesmatans
  5. 18S Ribosomal DNA and Evolutionary Relationships within the Bivalvia
  6. Thermal Potentiation and Mineralogical Evolution of Mytilus (Mollusca; Bivalvia)
  7. Taxonomy, Biostratigraphy, and Phylogeny of the Upper Cretaceous Bivalve Cremnoceramus (Inoceramidae) in the Western Interior of Canada and the United States
  8. The Bipolar Bivalve Kolymonectes in South America and the Diversity of Propeamussiidae in Mesozoic Times
  9. Big Bivalves, Algae, and the Nutrient Poisoning of Reefs: A Tabulation with Examples from the Devonian and Jurassic of Canada
  10. Revision and Taxonomic Position of the Aberrant Devonian Bivalve Beichuania
  11. The Pseudocolpomya Fauna: A Recurrent Shallow Marine Bivalve Assemblage from the Upper Ordovician of the Cincinnati Arch Region of Kentucky, Indiana, and Ohio
  12. A Molecular Phylogeny of Some Major Groups of Pectinidae Inferred from 18S rRNA Gene Sequences
  13. Freshwater Bivalve Fauna of the Late Triassic (Carnian-Norian) Chinle, Dockum, and Dolores Formations of the Southwest United States
  14. Trophonid Gastropod Predation on Recent Bivalves from the Magellanic Region
  15. Rudists (Bivalvia) from the Cretaceous of Tibet, China, with Descriptions of New Species
  16. Evolutionary Trends in Non-Marine Cretaceous Bivalves of Northeast China
  17. Origin and Phylogeny of the Trigonioidoidea (Non-Marine Cretaeous Bivalves)
  18. Sinonaiinae, a New Subfamily of Asian Non-Marine Cretaceous Bivalves
  19. Ecophenotypes of the Late Cretaceous Oyster Crassostrea subtrigonalis (Evans and Shumard, 1857), Central Alberta, Canada
  20. The Evolution of Mercenaria Schumacher, 1817 (Bivalvia: Veneridae)
  21. The Biostratigraphy and Paleontology of Latest Cretaceous and Paleocene Freshwater Bivalves from the Western Williston Basin, Montana, U.S.A.
  22. The Bivalve Heresies -- Inoceramidae are Cryptodonta, not Pteriomorphia
  23. Re-interpretation of Sinodora Pojeta and Zhang, 1984, an Unusual Bivalve (Trigonioida) from the Devonian of China
  24. Adaptive Strategies of Suspension-Feeding, Soft-Bottom Infaunal Bivalves to Physical Disturbance: Evidence from Fossil Preservation
  25. Multiple Parallel Evolution and Phylogenetic Significance of Shell Chambers and Chomata in the Ostreoidea (Bivalvia)
  26. The Origin of Actinodont from Taxodont Dentition or Vice-Versa: An Unnecessary Controversy?
  27. Constructional Morphology of the Bivalve Pedum
  28. Rudists as Bivalvian Dinosaurs
  29. New Data on the Upper Permian Non-Marine Bivalve Palaeomutela in European Russia
  30. Palaeoecology and Evolution of Permian Bivalv Faunas (Parana Basin) in Brazil



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