Historical baselines and the future of shell calcification for a foundation species in a changing ocean

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Literature
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Historical baselines and the future of shell calcification for a foundation species in a changing ocean. University of Chicago. 2016.
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2016
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University of Chicago
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Increasing ocean acidity from climate change is one cause of thinning California mussel shells, according to a new study in Proceedings of the Royal Society B. University of Chicago biologists compared the thickness of modern mussel shells with those collected in the past, some thousands of years ago by Native Americans, and found that the old shells were 27-94% thicker.

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climate science, fisheries, ocean acidification, Pleistocene era, shellfish, shell midden