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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.

5. Collecting in the Shallows

Watch the team’s exploits as they shovel, sieve, slurp, and even shimmy mollusks from the beautiful beaches of Queensland’s Moreton Bay. You’ll see some of the fascinating shallow-water species that inhabit seagrass beds, sandflats, and other unusual habitats exposed by the large tidal range along Australia’s coast.

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

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