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Author Cuif, Jean-Pierre.

Title Biominerals and fossils through time / by Jean-Pierre Cuif, Yannicke Dauphin, and James E. Sorauf
Published Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, [2011]
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Description 1 online resource (xi, 490 pages)
Contents Machine generated contents note: Preface; 1. The concept of microstructural sequence, as exemplified by mollusc shells and coral skeletons; 2. Compositional data on mollusc shells and coral skeletons; 3. Origin of microstructural diversity; 4. Diversity of structural and growth-mode patterns in skeletal Ca-carbonate of some plants and animals; 5. Connecting the layered growth and crystallization model to the chemical and physiological approaches; 6. Micro-crystallized and amorphous biominerals in bones, teeth and siliceous structures; 7. More information from the fossil records through a better understanding of their diagenetic behavior and fossilization status of biominerals; References; Index
Summary "Fossils are essential to the reconstruction of the evolution of life and episodes in Earth history. Knowledge of biomineralization - the processes associated with the formation of mineralized biological structures - is essential to properly evaluate data derived from fossils. This book emphasizes skeletal formation and fossilization in a geologic framework in order to understand evolution, relationships between fossil groups, and the use of biomineral materials as geochemical proxies for understanding ancient oceans and climates. The focus is on shells and skeletons of calcareous organisms, and the book explores the fine structures and mode of growth of the characteristic crystalline units, taking advantage of most recent physical methodological advances. The book is richly illustrated and will be of great interest to advanced students and researchers in paleontology, Earth history, evolution, sedimentology, geochemistry, and materials science"-- Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Biomineralization.
Form Electronic book
Author Dauphin, Yannicke.
Sorauf, James E.
ISBN 0511933495 (electronic bk.)
9780511933493 (electronic bk.)