Evolution of Biomineralization Systems within the Cephalopoda

  • Rex E. Crick


Chemical data from unaltered nautiloid and ammonoid shells for a period of 300 million years serve to document several aspects of change in physiochemical systems of these groups:
  1. 1)

    ammonoids were more efficient than coeval coiled nautiloids in the precipitation of aragonite

  2. 2)

    the Sr and Mg chemistry of early ammonoid skeletons was much difference than later descendents, and 3) the shell chemistry of early nautiloids is not markedly different from their modern descendent, Nautilus.



Planktonic Foraminifera Amorphous Calcium Phosphate Nacreous Layer Skeletal Carbonate Ammonoid Shell 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Rex E. Crick
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of GeologyThe University of Texas at ArlingtonArlingtonUSA

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