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Article: The role of predation in the evolution of cementation in bivalves

Publication: Palaeontology
Volume: 34
Part: 2
Publication Date: June 1991
Page(s): 455 460
Author(s): Elizabeth M. Harper
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HARPER, E. M. 1991. The role of predation in the evolution of cementation in bivalves. Palaeontology34, 2, 455–460.

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The independent appearance of many taxa of cementing bivalves during the early Mesozoic coincided with the marked increase in predation pressure described by Vermeij (1977, 1987). A causal link is implied by experimental work in which predators were offered the choice of byssate or cemented bivalve prey: cementation confers a significant selective advantage by inhibiting manipulability. The example illustrates the potential value to palaeontology of studies in behavioural ecology.
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