Decline in Mesozoic reef-building sponges explained by silicon limitation

@article{Maldonado1999DeclineIM,
  title={Decline in Mesozoic reef-building sponges explained by silicon limitation},
  author={M. Maldonado and M. Carmen Carmona and Mar{\'i}a J. Uriz and A. Cruzado},
  journal={Nature},
  year={1999},
  volume={401},
  pages={785-788}
}
  • M. Maldonado, M. Carmen Carmona, +1 author A. Cruzado
  • Published 1999
  • Biology
  • Nature
  • Several unrelated clades of siliceous sponges proliferated on the shelves of the Jurassic Tethys Sea, becoming prominent builders in reefs and near-shore mounds. Many of these builders are characterized by massive, rock-like skeletons made of spicules with a characteristic terminal hypersilicification. Such hypertrophied spicules are generically known as desmas, irrespective of their phylogenetic origin. Desma-bearing sponges virtually disappeared from reefs and other neritic environments… CONTINUE READING
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