The inoceramid bivalves first appeared in the Permian of Australia (Browne and Newell, 1966; Waterhouse, 1970), thrived during certain intervals in the Jurassic (e.g., the Toarcian; Harries and Little, 1999), and dominated many benthic marine communities globally from the late Early through the Late Cretaceous. Despite excellent preservation (the prismatic, outer calcitic layer is retained in many cases), ubiquitous presence in Late Mesozoic marine deposits, and intense study (e.g., Tröger, 1967; Kauffman et al., 1977; Crampton, 1996; Walaszczyk and Cobban, 2000; Walaszczyk et al., 2001), no evidence of predatory drilling in...

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