A Bivalve Perspective

  • Susana E. DamboreneaEmail author
  • Javier Echevarría
  • Sonia Ros-Franch
Part of the SpringerBriefs in Earth System Sciences book series (BRIEFSEARTHSYST)


Mesozoic bivalves have been the subject of many paleobiogeographic studies, either with the aim of recognizing units, to argue about the proposal of opening of seaways and exotic terranes movements, or even to relate biogeography with extinction and evolution. With a few notable exceptions, Northern Hemisphere data were used and frequently conclusions extrapolated worldwide. In the analysis of bivalve geographic distribution, some special issues should be taken into account, such as larval type, mode of life, and tolerance to certain environmental factors, which are here briefly discussed for Southern Hemisphere bivalves. Special attention is paid to the proposed pseudoplanktonic habit as an aid to dispersal, to reef-building bivalves, and to those with special low-oxygen tolerance. For some of the various analyses performed, Triassic-Jurassic bivalve genera were classified according to their paleobiogeographic affinities in truly cosmopolitan, low-latitude (Tethyan), high-latitude (austral or bipolar), trans-temperate (Pacific), and endemic.


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