One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A class of molluscs that comprises the tusk shells.
- ‘There are approximately 900 species of Scaphopoda, commonly called tusk shells.’
- ‘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).’
- ‘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.’
- ‘It is also now generally thought that they were ancestral to the Cephalopoda and Scaphopoda as well.’
- ‘Recent evaluations of morphological and paleontological data as well as 18S rRNA sequences alternatively conclude that Scaphopoda is the sister group to Cephalopoda.’
Modern Latin (plural), from Greek skaphē ‘boat’ + pous, pod- ‘foot’.
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