In spite of a long geological record from the Paleozoic Era to the present, most paleontological documentation of multivalved chitons (Mollusca: Polyplacophora) is based on individual, loose plates. Indeed, the tendency of the chitinous girdle in which the eight calcareous plates are articulated to disintegrate usually does not allow their post-mortem association to be observed (e.g., Smith, 1960; Squires and Goedert, 1995; Dell'Angelo et al., 1998).

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There are very few exceptions, and all but one are Paleozoic records: Plasiochiton curiosus Hoare from the Devonian of Pennsylvania (Hoare, 2000); Acutichiton allynsmithi Hoare, Mapes and Atwater from...

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