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By Sarah L.Long, Howard Brunton, L. Robin M. Cocks, Sarah L Long

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The expansion heritage of a brachiopod is entombed in its shell, yet learn on fossil and residing brachiopods has generated unanswered questions on those marine invertebrates. a number of members to Brachiopods prior and current touch upon their differing constructions and morphological aspect. They use those as examples of ontogenetic and evolutionary swap, as signs of taxonomic relationships, or to debate micro-structural shell morphology. inhabitants reports of varied species and up to date growth in molecular phylogeny are offered. This unmarried compilation is a needs to for postgraduate scholars and researchers in evolution, zoology, geology, palaeontology and similar fields.

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1998); although, the calcite appeared unaltered using an optical microscope. Despite its well preserved morphology and structure, the 120,000 year old N. nigricans experienced some recrystallisation. On the other hand, the Triassic Kutchithyris has been recrystallised as indicated by a bright orange luminescence, and recrystallised texture observed with an optical microscope. 5 mol% MgCO3). 1 TEM images showing modulated microstructure in New Zealand brachiopods. 12 Ma); (B) Triassic Kutchirthyris, and (C) Recent Notosaria nigricans.

1997; Williams, 1997). , 1997; Williams, 1997). , 1991), the brachiopod proteins entombed within the crystal may deform the lattice structure in a manner similar to that in echinoid spines. Thus, I would expect the modulated microstructure to be pervasive in brachiopod calcite, since each fibre of the secondary layer presumably contains occluded proteins. Yet, modulated microstructure is not pervasive in the brachiopods examined. This might be explained by the preferential adsorption of proteins on specific crystal surfaces, enabling the modulated microstructure to be visible only when the crystal is oriented in a particular direction.

1998) The diversity and phylogeny of the paterinate brachiopods. Palaeontology, 41, 221–262. Chapter 4 A TEM investigation of modulated microstructure in Recent and fossil articulate brachiopod shells from New Zealand Nancy Buening ABSTRACT Articulate brachiopods synthesise shells composed of both structural macromolecules (lipids, proteins, and polysaccharides) and low-magnesium calcite crystals (with intracrystalline proteins). The shell is the result of an evolutionary design for a hard, impact-resistant material to protect the soft tissues of the brachiopod.

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