Citation Lévêque I, Cusack M, Davis SA & Mann S (2004) Promotion of fluorapatite crystallization by soluble-matrix proteins from Lingula anatina shells. Angewandte Chemie International Edition, 43 (7), pp. 885-888. https://doi.org/10.1002/anie.200353115
Abstract The geological longevity of Lingula, depicted, suggests that the lightly mineralized carbonate-substituted fluorapatite (FAP) shell has remained well-adapted to evolutionary pressures. Contrary to earlier studies, soluble macromolecules isolated from Lingula shells are shown to specifically promote FAP crystallization by the destabilization of an amorphous calcium phosphate precursor.