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Research projects currently focus on the extinct hippuritid bivalve, the 'rudist'.
We are examining internal structures using computed tomography(CT) on specimens with suitable preservation.
External patterns of encrustation and boring are of equal importance as they indicate relationships with other organisms within the reef-mound setting.
Perhaps most exciting is the possibility that the growth patterns of some of the more massive rudists, such as the radiolitids Durania and Sauvegesia may provide rhythms which could link to climatic or tidal characteristics of the environment in which they existed.

 

Rudist
NPL4387 Caprinuloidea perfecta

Rudist CT scan model
Exterior three-dimensional model created from data collected by CT scanning the same specimen

 

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