The ‘biomineralization toolkit’ and the origin of animal skeletons

  title={The ‘biomineralization toolkit’ and the origin of animal skeletons},
  author={Duncan J. E. Murdock},
  journal={Biological Reviews},
  • D. Murdock
  • Published 23 May 2020
  • Geography, Biology, Environmental Science
  • Biological Reviews
Biomineralized skeletons are widespread in animals, and their origins can be traced to the latest Ediacaran or early Cambrian fossil record, in virtually all animal groups. The origin of animal skeletons is inextricably linked with the diversification of animal body plans and the dramatic changes in ecology and geosphere–biosphere interactions across the Ediacaran–Cambrian transition. This apparent independent acquisition of skeletons across diverse animal clades has been proposed to have been… 

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