On Biomineralization

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Oxford University Press, Apr 6, 1989 - Science - 336 pages
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Focusing on the basic principles of mineral formation by organisms, this comprehensive volume explores questions that relate to a wide variety of fields, from biology and biochemistry, to paleontology, geology, and medical research. Preserved fossils are used to date geological deposits and archaeological artifacts. Materials scientists investigate mineralized tissues to determine the design principles used by organisms to form strong materials. Many medical problems are also associated with normal and pathological mineralization. Lowenstam, the pioneer researcher in biomineralization, and Weiner discuss the basic principles of mineral formation by organisms and compare various mineralization processes. Reference tables listing all known cases in which organisms form minerals are included.
 

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Contents

CHAPTER 1 INTRODUCTION
3
CHAPTER 2 MINERALS AND MACROMOLECULES
7
CHAPTER 3 BIOMINERALIZATION PROCESSES
25
CHAPTER 4 PROTOCTISTA
50
CHAPTER 5 CNIDARIA
74
CHAPTER 6 MOLLUSCA
88
CHAPTER 7 ARTHROPODA
111
CHAPTER 8 ECHINODERMATA
123
CHAPTER 9 CHORDATA
135
CHAPTER 10 SOME NONSKELETAL FUNCTIONS IN BIOMINERALIZATION
189
CHAPTER 11 ENVIRONMENTAL INFLUENCES ON BIOMINERALIZATION
207
CHAPTER 12 EVOLUTION OF BIOMINERALIZATION
227
REFERENCES
252
INDEX
309
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