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The rise of skeletal biominerals

Patricia M. Dove
The rise of skeletal biominerals
Elements (February 2010) 6 (1): 37-42


The ability of organisms to synthesize skeletons and functional biomineral structures is one of the most remarkable events in the timeline of mineral evolution. The relatively abrupt rise of such forms in the fossil record marks the beginning of a new type of chemistry whereby biology develops a playbook of mineralization processes whose strategies scientists are only beginning to decipher. The first outlines of an impressive picture are emerging, in which the biochemical machinery and sequence of instructions that pass forward to subsequent generations are being defined. Yet, skeletons are anything but static in the transfer. The fossil record shows the dynamic responses of skeletal structures to shifts in environmental conditions over geologic time.

ISSN: 1811-5209
Serial Title: Elements
Serial Volume: 6
Serial Issue: 1
Title: The rise of skeletal biominerals
Author(s): Dove, Patricia M.
Affiliation: Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Department of Geosciences, Blacksburg, VA, United States
Pages: 37-42
Published: 201002
Text Language: English
Publisher: Mineralogical Society of America and Mineralogical Society of Great Britain and Ireland and Mineralogical Association of Canada and Geochemical Society and Clay Minerals Society, International
References: 32
Accession Number: 2010-027060
Categories: General mineralogyGeneral paleontology
Document Type: Serial
Bibliographic Level: Analytic
Illustration Description: illus.
Country of Publication: International
Secondary Affiliation: GeoRef, Copyright 2017, American Geosciences Institute. Abstract, copyright, Mineralogical Society of America. Reference includes data from GeoScienceWorld, Alexandria, VA, United States
Update Code: 201016
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