Profile of a specimen of Arctica islandica, one of the longest lived marine bivalves known, undergoing a 3D scan. Their longevity is exploited for reconstruction of climate patterns in the North Atlantic. However, mathematical models of their morphodynamics are necessary to account for bias induced by their asymmetric growth (“morphodynamics” is the study of how an organisms’ growth changes its shape over time). Seashells are known to change their growth direction and this can create spurious oscillations in sclerochronological data measured with traditional protocols. New 3D models and numerical methods can detect and correct for these problems.
Description by Jennifer Guarini, after the description on imaggeo.egu.eu.
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