This symposium volume resulted from a successful meeting held in Cambridge in 1999. It is immediately clear that anybody seriously interested in the evolution of bivalves should study it. Its contents are remarkably diverse, ranging from the phylogeny of the Class as a whole to considerations of diversity gradients, biomineralization and conservation biology. They are admirably summarized by the editors in their introduction. I can only offer a few reflections from a palaeontologist interested in bivalves who for many years used them in undergraduate courses to illustrate principles in palaeontology.

The obvious point of comparison is with a similarly-titled symposium...

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