Cretaceous Bivalve Larvae

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Science  27 Jan 1978:
Vol. 199, Issue 4327, pp. 439-440
DOI: 10.1126/science.199.4327.439


Exceptionally well preserved larval bivalve shells have been isolated from Late Cretaceous (Maestrichtian) sediments. Specimens were readily identified to familial level on the basis of gross morphology and hinge structures. Reconstruction of fossil larval ontogeny, linked with the distribution of adult stages, will provide an important interpretative tool in molluskan phylogenetic and paleoecologic studies.