One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A class of molluscs that comprises the tusk shells.
- ‘The assemblage of Bivalvia, Gastropoda and Scaphopoda contains 24 species, of which 13 are considered new, and is unequivocally the best-preserved Cretaceous molluscan fauna from the Australian region.’
- ‘Recent evaluations of morphological and paleontological data as well as 18S rRNA sequences alternatively conclude that Scaphopoda is the sister group to Cephalopoda.’
- ‘There are approximately 900 species of Scaphopoda, commonly called tusk shells.’
- ‘It is also now generally thought that they were ancestral to the Cephalopoda and Scaphopoda as well.’
- ‘According to Engeser & Riedel, during the Devonian, the conocardoid rostroconchs gave rise to the Scaphopoda, which therefore are technically Rostroconchia (in the same way that birds are dinosaurs).’
Modern Latin (plural), from Greek skaphē ‘boat’ + pous, pod- ‘foot’.
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