Unanswered Questions in the Evolution of Biomineralisation

Harper, Elizabeth M. (2016) Unanswered Questions in the Evolution of Biomineralisation. In: Isotopic Landscapes in Bioarchaeology. Springer Berlin Heidelberg, pp. 1-13. ISBN 978-3-662-48338-1 Online ISBN 978-3-662-48339-8

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Organisms have been building hard parts since the Late Precambrian. In fact representatives of all Kingdoms are able to biomineralise in the form of granules, plates, tubes, shells, bones or teeth. Biomineralised structures are mainly compos- ites consisting of a mineralised component dispersed in an organic matrix and show an extraordinary diversity of microstructural arrangements and combinations. This wealth of diversity has stimulated a huge amount of interest and research, attracting the attention of biologists, materials scientists, archaeologists and palaeontologists and is increasingly using highly sophisticated techniques and interdisciplinary research to delve into the intricacies (e.g. DiMasi and Gower 2014).

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: 2015AREP; IA70; weekly list
Subjects: 04 - Palaeobiology
Divisions: 04 - Palaeobiology
Page Range: pp. 1-13
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-662-48339-8_1
Depositing User: Sarah Humbert
Date Deposited: 04 Apr 2016 17:30
Last Modified: 04 Apr 2016 17:30
URI: http://eprints.esc.cam.ac.uk/id/eprint/3600

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