Larval Dispersal and Species Longevity in Lower Tertiary Gastropods

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Science  24 Feb 1978:
Vol. 199, Issue 4331, pp. 885-887
DOI: 10.1126/science.199.4331.885


Species longevity in Lower Tertiary volutids (Gastropoda) is primarily controlled by a combination of developmental type and environmental tolerance. Larval dispersal may be an important factor in molluskan evolutionary rates.