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Making Pearls

Two Shells Are Better Than One

Despite the general ability of mollusks to produce pearls, very few of the ones with single shells (gastropods) do so. Most pearls come from bivalves, the mollusks with two-part shells. The explanation lies in biological and ecological differences between these two groups of mollusks.

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