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Mollusk Diversity

Go digging for clams with Field Museum Curator and zoologist, Dr. Rüdiger Bieler and his international team of scientists as they study the evolution of mollusks—the largest group of animals in the oceans and the second largest animal group in the world! You’ll discover how mapping out the relationships between bivalve mollusks like clams and scallops helps us to understand evolutionary pathways and track the development of genes over time.

2. Bivalve Tree of Life Project

Meet the Moreton Bay team members and find out more about the Bivalve Tree of Life (BivAToL)—part of a National Science Foundation-supported research effort to reconstruct the evolutionary “family tree” for all life on Earth. Discover what bivalves can tell us about the evolution of genes—many of which we share in common with these mollusks!

To learn more about the team’s trip, check out the Moreton Bay Expedition at

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