Biomineralization and Evolution. Coevolution of Mineral and Biological Worlds

  • I.S Barskov


The concept of coevolution as a process of irreversible changes in the composition, structure, and function of two or more co-existing systems of different origin resulting from the exchange of the matter, energy, and information is applicable to a broad range of processes in nature. This chapter considers biomineralization, one of the fundamental biospheric phenomena, as an example of coevolution of the biological and mineralogical worlds.


Magnetotactic Bacterium Biological World Mineral World Martian Meteorite Biological Mineralization 
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  • I.S Barskov
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  1. 1.Paleontological Institute of the Russian Academy of ScienceRussia

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