Calcified Tissue International

, Volume 29, Issue 1, pp 63–69 | Cite as

Vaterite, a constituent of the eggshells of the nonparasitic cuckoos,Guira guira andCrotophagi ani

  • R. G. Board
  • H. R. Perrott
Laboratory Investigations


The crystalline spherules occurring in patches on the outer surface of the eggshells ofGuira guira and the bloom on the entire outer surface of those ofCrotophagi ani were shown by X-ray diffraction analysis to be vaterite.

Key words

Vaterite Calcium Eggshells Cuckoos 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • R. G. Board
    • 1
  • H. R. Perrott
    • 2
  1. 1.Schools of Biological SciencesBath UniversityBathEngland
  2. 2.Materials ScienceBath UniversityBathEngland

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