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Research article
29 Feb 2016
Research article |  | 29 Feb 2016

Age structure, carbonate production and shell loss rate in an Early Miocene reef of the giant oyster Crassostrea gryphoides

Mathias Harzhauser, Ana Djuricic, Oleg Mandic, Thomas A. Neubauer, Martin Zuschin, and Norbert Pfeifer

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We present the first analysis of population structure and cohort distribution in a fossil oyster reef. Data are derived from Terrestrial Laser Scanning of a Miocene shell bed covering 459 m². A growth model was calculated, revealing this species as the giant oyster Crassostrea gryphoides was the fastest growing oyster known so far. The shell half-lives range around few years, indicating that oyster reefs were geologically short-lived structures, which were degraded on a decadal scale.
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