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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.

3. Bivalve Basics

Get the basics on bivalves—soft-bodied animals like mussels, clams, and scallops that live inside two hinged shells. You’ll discover the important roles they play economically, environmentally, and evolutionarily. And you’ll learn the many places these mollusks can be found, both worldwide and in your own back yard!

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

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