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Crystallography of Complex Forms: The Case of Octocoral Sclerites

Crystallography of Complex Forms: The Case of Octocoral Sclerites
Nicole Floquet, Daniel Vielzeuf, Angèle Ricolleau, Eric Tambutté, Jonathan Perrin
Many biominerals display hierarchical organization but little is known about the transition from simple to complex crystallographic structures. The example of octocoral sclerites shows that some biominerals combine crystallographic order and disorder to achieve all kinds of shapes. Sclerite morphologies are the product of internal and external forces, among which crystallographic branching and external molding play important roles.

Publisher URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acs.cgd.7b00087

DOI: 10.1021/acs.cgd.7b00087

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