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Can bone mineral be obtained in pure, crystalline form outside a living organism? Had this been done ever?

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    $\begingroup$ What do you mean by bone mineral? Its calcium carbonate / phosphate content? $\endgroup$ – Greg May 10 '15 at 13:08
  • $\begingroup$ Bone has a complex structure and formation. There has been studies which shows a relationship between the formation of the "mineral" ie hydroxyapatite and protein (collegen). I doubt that any materials similar to bone is seen outside a living organism (except exoskeleton) $\endgroup$ – Eka May 11 '15 at 5:06
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Apatite is the chemical name for the mineral found in bone and teeth. It is occasionally found in the form of large crystals, such as this:

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BTW, just as bone is made of the mineral apatite, there are critters with skeletons of silica, another common mineral, such as Venus' flower basket!

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