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Biomineralization: integrating mechanism and evolutionary history.

Sylvie Tambutté
Tali Mass
Frédéric Marin


Calcium carbonate (CaCO 3 ) biomineralizing organisms have played major roles in the history of life and the global carbon cycle during the past 541 Ma. Both marine diversification and mass extinctions reflect physiological responses to environmental changes through time. An integrated understanding of carbonate biomineralization is necessary to illuminate this evolutionary record and to understand how modern organisms will respond to 21st century global change. Biomineralization evolved independently but convergently across phyla, suggesting a unity of mechanism that transcends biological differences. In this review, we combine CaCO 3 skeleton formation mechanisms with constraints from evolutionary history, omics, and a meta-analysis of isotopic data to develop a plausible model for CaCO 3 biomineralization applicable to all phyla. The model provides a framework for understanding the environmental sensitivity of marine calcifiers, past mass extinctions, and resilience in 21st century acidifying oceans. Thus, it frames questions about the past, present, and future of CaCO 3 biomineralizing organisms.


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hal-03616706 , version 1 (16-11-2022)



Pupa U.P.A. Gilbert, Kristin D. Bergmann, Nicholas Boekelheide, Sylvie Tambutté, Tali Mass, et al.. Biomineralization: integrating mechanism and evolutionary history.. Science Advances , 2022, 8 (10), pp.eabl9653. ⟨10.1126/sciadv.abl9653⟩. ⟨hal-03616706⟩
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