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Authors: Kenneth Simkiss Karl Wilbur
Print ISBN: 9780126438307
eBook ISBN: 9780080925844
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 28th September 1989
Page Count: 337
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Biomineralization is the process that produces the skeletons, shells, and teeth of most animals. It is also involved in magnetic orientation, gravity detection, and the storing of ions. This book compares a diverse number of systems, including mineral deposition of invertebrates, vertebrates, algae, and microorganisms. Emphasis is placed on the systems responsible for converting ions to minerals and the mechanisms and control of mineral form.


Researchers, teachers, and advanced students in zoology, plant science, paleontology, marine biology, and ecology.

Table of Contents

Mechanisms. Biomineralization: The Discipline. The Deposition of Minerals. The Origins of Biomineralization--Microbial Systems. Eukaryotic Cells and the Accumulation of Ions. The Control of Mineralization. Cellular Organizations: Protoctista--Secreted Sculptures. Plant Mineralization--Photosynthesis and Cell Walls. Plant Mineralization--Ions, Silicification, and the Transpiration Stream. Sponges--Spicules and Simple Skeletons. Echinoderms--Cells and Syncytia. Coelenterates--Epithelia, Symbiotic Influences, and Energy Metabolism. Annelids--Glandular Secretions. Crustacea--The Dynamics of Epithelial Movements. Molluscs--Epithelial Control of Matrix and Minerals. Brachiopods--Fluorapatites and Calcareous Shells. Vertebrates--Phosphatic Endoskeletons. Global Aspects: Biogeochemical Cycles--Minerals and the Origin of Biomineralization. Overview and Perspective. Each chapter includes references. Index.


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About the Author

Kenneth Simkiss

Karl Wilbur

Affiliations and Expertise

Duke University, Durham, North Carolina, U.S.A.


@qu:"A book attempting to provide an overview of the broad subject of biomineralization has been a long time coming... [This book is] a very welcome addition to all of the edited symposia volumes and piles of reprints through which one must continually search in order to locate this reference or check on that viewpoint." @source:--PALEOBIOLOGY @qu:"[A] major feat of scholarship... belong[s] on the bookshelves of every scientist interested in biomineralization." @source:--SCIENCE @qu:"This book is a must for students studying biomineralization and will be read by any nonspecialists interested in cell biology. It is a good read with a plot that gets thicker as you work through the invertebrate material such as protoctista, sponges, annelids and molluscs on to vertebrates. The book is a major achievement and is a benchmark that will take a long time to surpass." @source:--STEPHEN MANN, University of Bath, United Kingdom