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REE compositions in fossil vertebrate dental tissues – key to biomineral preservation
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Biology, Department of Organismal Biology, Evolution and Developmental Biology. (Per Ahlberg's Group)
University of Alabama, USA. (Department of Geological Sciences)
Natural History Museum, London, UK. (Department of Mineralogy)
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Earth Sciences, Department of Earth Sciences, Palaeobiology.
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2011 (English)In: The Palaeontological Association Newsletter, 2011Conference paper (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Rare earth element (REE) abundances have been measured in a number of Palaeozoic and Mesozoic vertebrate hard tissues (teeth and dermoskeleton) using laser ablation inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (LA-ICP-MS). Fossil vertebrate analysed comprise scales and tesserae of Silurian and Devonian thelodonts, chondrichthyans, galeaspids, mongolepids, spines of acanthodians, as well as teeth of Cretaceous lungfish and marine reptiles.

Pre-evaluation of fossil preservation level has been made by semi-quantitative spot geochemistry analyses on fine polished teeth and scale thin sections, using energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS). Silicification of bioapatite, together with elevated heavy element concentrations corresponded to fossil tissue structure and colour alteration. Stable oxygen isotope measurements (δ<sup>18</sup>O) of bulk biomineral have been conducted in parallel, generally yielding lower heavy oxygen values in stronger alterated teeth and scales. Clear distinction in REE concentrations was observed between dentine and enamel of Cretaceous plesiosaurs, suggesting enamel to be more geochemically resistant to diagenetic overprint.

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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-166643OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-166643DiVA: diva2:477015
The Palaeontological Association Annual Meeting, 17-20 December 2011, Plymouth
Available from: 2012-01-12 Created: 2012-01-12 Last updated: 2013-10-29Bibliographically approved

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