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dc.contributor.author E. M. en_US
dc.contributor.author T. J. en_US
dc.contributor.author J. D. en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2011-09-12T10:07:14Z
dc.date.available 2011-09-12T10:07:14Z
dc.date.issued 2011-09-12 en_US
dc.identifier.citation Harper , E M , Palmer , T J & Hudson , J D 2011 , ' The Middle Jurassic bivalve 'Cuspidaria' ibbetsoni: A corbulid not a septibranch ' Palaeontology , pp. 759-769 . en_US
dc.identifier.other PURE: 170669 en_US
dc.identifier.other dspace: 2160/7570 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2160/7570
dc.description.abstract A distinctive shallow-burrowing bivalve with an elongate rostrum, common in the British Middle Jurassic, is frequently referred to as Cuspidaria ibbetsoni (Morris, 1853) and as such is recognised as one of the earliest members of the anomalodesmatan family Cuspidariidae. Since modern cuspidariids are highly specialised bivalves and are voracious carnivores in the deep sea, whereas C. ibbetsoni is prevalent in brackish-water facies, questions have been raised over its true affinities. We have investigated new and pre-existing material of C ibbetsoni, and have concentrated on shell microstructure, morphology, and musculature. Our findings suggest that the inequivalve shell is composed of crossed-lamellar aragonite rather than either homogeneous or prismato-nacreous structures. It also lacks the complex musculature associated with the raptorial siphon of the predatory septibranchs. These characters suggest that C. ibbetsoni should more properly be placed within the myoid family Corbulidae and a new genus, Rostrocorbula, has been erected to accommodate it. It has also been necessary to establish a neotype. The significance of this familial redesignation to our understanding of the evolution of carnivory within the Bivalvia is discussed. en_US
dc.format.extent 11 en_US
dc.relation.ispartof Palaeontology en_US
dc.title The Middle Jurassic bivalve 'Cuspidaria' ibbetsoni: A corbulid not a septibranch en_US
dc.contributor.pbl Institute of Geography & Earth Sciences en_US
dc.contributor.pbl Aberystwyth University en_US


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