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Description - Biominerals and Fossils Through Time by Jean-Pierre Cuif

Fossils are essential to the reconstruction of the evolution of life and episodes in Earth history. Knowledge of biomineralization - the processes associated with the formation of mineralized biological structures - is essential to properly evaluate data derived from fossils. This book emphasizes skeletal formation and fossilization in a geologic framework in order to understand evolution, relationships between fossil groups, and the use of biomineral materials as geochemical proxies for understanding ancient oceans and climates. The focus is on shells and skeletons of calcareous organisms, and the book explores the fine structures and mode of growth of the characteristic crystalline units, taking advantage of most recent physical methodological advances. The book is richly illustrated and will be of great interest to advanced students and researchers in paleontology, Earth history, evolution, sedimentology, geochemistry, and materials science.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780521874731
ISBN-10: 0521874734
Format: Hardback
(247mm x 174mm x 27mm)
Pages: 504
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 23-Dec-2010
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Jean-Pierre Cuif

Jean-Pierre Cuif is a Professor in the Department of Geology at the Universite de Paris-Sud II, Orsay, France. Since 1980 his research team has developed a specialized approach to the mineralized units that built the calcareous skeletons of invertebrates through Earth history. In addition to basic research on distribution and composition of the organic compounds associated with the mineral phase, this approach has led to participation of the team in multiple programs dealing with biomineralization in economically important molluscs. Yannicke Dauphin is an Assistant Professor at the Universite de Paris VI (Pierre et Marie Curie), Paris, France. She worked in Jean-Pierre Cuif's biomineralization research team at the Universite de Paris-Sud II. After focussing on cephalopod shells, she has extended her research on the structure and composition of modern and fossil molluscs, corals and vertebrate skeletons. Jim Sorauf taught sedimentology and paleontology at the State University of New York at Binghamton from 1962 until becoming emeritus in 2001. He has published approximately 70 papers in peer-reviewed journals on skeletal structures of modern corals and on systematics and paleobiology of fossil corals ranging in age from Cambrian to Pleistocene. He is a former co-editor of Fossil Cnidaria and Porifera. He was a Trustee of the Paleontological Research Institution in Ithaca, New York for many years, serving as President of their Board of Trustees from 1988 to 1990.