Calcification on an Unstable Substrate: Marginal Growth in the Moilusk Pecten diegensis

Science  08 Mar 1974:
Vol. 183, Issue 4128, pp. 968-970
DOI: 10.1126/science.183.4128.968


Observations of the growing margin of Pecten diegensis show that calcification can occur on an unstable substrate, although this initial shell material is quite disordered. Later growth on the inner surface of the disordered material soon becomes ordered, which suggests that the calcification process benefits from the stability of a mineralized substrate, but does not utilize the substrate as a physical or stereochemical template.