On Biomineralization

Hardcover | April 30, 1999

byHeinz 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 andarchaeological 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 inbiomineralization, 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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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 andarchaeological artifacts. Materials scientis...

Heinz A. Lowenstam is at California Institute of Technology. Stephen Weiner is at Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:336 pages, 9.49 × 6.5 × 0.94 inPublished:April 30, 1999Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0195049772

ISBN - 13:9780195049770

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction2. Minerals and Macromolecules3. Biomineralization Processes4. Protoctista5. Cnidaria6. Mollusca7. Arthropoda8. Echinodermata9. Chordata10. Some Non-Skeletal Functions in Biomineralization11. Environmental Influences on Biomineralization12. Evolution of Biomineralization

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"Provides an excellent introduction to the many aspects of the field, with extensive references to the literature. The text is generally very readable, with a smooth flow of words, and not excessively formal. Throughout the work the enthusiasm of the authors and their fascination with thetopic shine through. Line drawings and photographs are well reproduced. The book is well bound and shouls survive frequent use." --Paleogeography, Paleoclimatology, Paleoecology