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

Kiel, S and Little, CTS (2006) Cold-seep mollusks are older than the general marine mollusk fauna. Science, 313 (5792). 1429 - 1431 . ISSN 0036-8075


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.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: gastropods, cold seeps, molluscs, macroevolution, deep sea
Institution: The University of Leeds
Academic Units: The University of Leeds > Faculty of Environment (Leeds) > School of Earth and Environment (Leeds)
Depositing User: Symplectic Publications
Date Deposited: 25 Jul 2011 11:30
Last Modified: 15 Sep 2014 03:55
Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1126/science.1126286
Status: Published
Publisher: American Association for the Advancement of Science
Identification Number: 10.1126/science.1126286
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/43148

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