Mollusks: Shelled Masters of the Marine Realm

Exhibit will explore mollusks' amazing diversity and feature recent discoveries about their evolutionary history. Mollusks are amazingly varied in both size and anatomical structure, as well as in their behaviors and habitats. First appearing in the fossil record in the Cambrian period more than 500 million years ago, mollusks include the brainy cephalopods such as octopus and squid; the abundant gastropods, creatures that produce a single shell, such as snails; as well as the numerous bivalves, such as oysters, clams and mussels, that are deliciously edible to humans, and often prized for their shells.


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  • Harvard Museum of Natural History
  • 26 Oxford Street
  • Cambridge, MA 02138
  • Harvard Square
  • 617 495 3045

Date & Time

  • Tue, January 1, 2013
    Tue, December 31, 2013

Location Hours

Mon 9 am - 5 pm
Tue 9 am - 5 pm
Wed 9 am - 5 pm
Thu 9 am - 5 pm
Fri 9 am - 5 pm
Sat 9 am - 5 pm
Sun 9 am - 5 pm


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