Anaerobiosis and a theory of growth line formation.

  title={Anaerobiosis and a theory of growth line formation.},
  author={Richard A. Lutz and Donald C. Rhoads},
  volume={198 4323},
Microstructural growth increments within the shells of numerous Recent and fossil molluscs are interpreted as reflections of alternating periods of shell deposition and dissolution, occurring during aerobic and anaerobic respiration, respectively. The acidic end products of anaerobic metabolism are neutralized by calcium carbonate from the shell, leaving a relatively insoluble organic residue at the mantle-shell interface. With the return of oxygenated conditions and resumption of aerobic… CONTINUE READING

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