Macromolecules from Living and Fossil Biominerals

Implications for the Establishment of Molecular Phylogenies
  • L. L. Robbins
  • G. Muyzer
  • K. Brew
Part of the Topics in Geobiology book series (TGBI, volume 11)


The study of fossils as a means of establishing the geologic age and long-distance correlation of strata has been recognized as one of the most precise and reliable instruments of stratigraphy. Relatively rapid rates of evolution and easily fossilizable shells are two important elements which account for this fact. Two different invertebrate taxa whose stratigraphic utility has been extensively exploited are the microfossil foraminifera and the macrofossil mollusks. These taxa will be discussed in this chapter in terms of their application in molecular paleontology.


Benthic Foraminifera Antigenic Determinant Organic Geochemistry Planktonic Foraminifera Oyster Shell 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • L. L. Robbins
    • 1
  • G. Muyzer
    • 2
  • K. Brew
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of GeologyUniversity of South FloridaTampaUSA
  2. 2.Department of BiochemistryLeiden UniversityLeidenThe Netherlands
  3. 3.Department of Biochemistry and Molecular BiologyUniversity of Miami School of MedicineMiamiUSA

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