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Joined Ostrea Fossil 3D Model
The fossil record allows for biologists to view change through evolutionary space-time. With these observations, the relation between families, genus, and species are determined through morphological, genetic and sometimes behavioral differences. Fossils rarely contain any genetic material, and never tell us of the behavior of these organism, so the phylogenetic trees in this case would most likely be determined based off of its morphological similarities and differences between fossils and modern species.
This fossil of two Ostrea joined near their respective hinges is a perfect example of an organism with a rich fossil record. The Ostreoida order has representation in fossil form dating to 260 million years ago to present day. Thus, biologists can see back 260 million years and view morphological change.
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