On Biomineralization

On Biomineralization

by Heinz A. Lowenstam, Stephen Weiner

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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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ISBN-13: 9780195364194
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 04/06/1989
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 11 MB
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Table of Contents

1. Introduction
2. Minerals and Macromolecules
3. Biomineralization Processes
4. Protoctista
5. Cnidaria
6. Mollusca
7. Arthropoda
8. Echinodermata
9. Chordata
10. Some Non-Skeletal Functions in Biomineralization
11. Environmental Influences on Biomineralization
12. Evolution of Biomineralization

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