Cold-seep mollusks are older than the general marine mollusk fauna

Kiel, S. and Little, C. T. (2006) Cold-seep mollusks are older than the general marine mollusk fauna Science, 313 (5792). pp. 1429-31. DOI 313/5792/1429 [pii] 10.1126/science.1126286.

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The origin and possible antiquity of faunas at deep-sea hydrothermal vents and seeps have been debated since their discovery. We used the fossil record of seep mollusks to show that the living seep genera have significantly longer geologic ranges than the marine mollusks in general, but have ranges similar to those of deep-sea taxa, suggesting that seep faunas may be shaped by the factors that drive the evolution of life in the deep sea in general. Our data indicate that deep-sea anoxic/dysoxic events did not affect seep faunas, casting doubt on the suggested anoxic nature and/or global extent of these events.

Document Type: Article
Additional Information: Kiel, Steffen Little, Crispin T S Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't United States Science (New York, N.Y.) Science. 2006 Sep 8;313(5792):1429-31.
Keywords: Animals *Biological Evolution Bivalvia/classification/physiology Cold Temperature *Ecosystem *Fossils Gastropoda/classification/physiology *Mollusca/classification/physiology Polyplacophora/classification/physiology *Seawater Symbiosis
Research affiliation: Kiel University
Refereed: No
DOI etc.: 313/5792/1429 [pii] 10.1126/science.1126286
ISSN: 1095-9203 (Electronic) 0036-8075 (Linking)
Date Deposited: 02 Feb 2012 08:00
Last Modified: 08 Oct 2012 10:24

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