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  • s  of animals or plants that have a thin shell

  • The studies also revealed that the compounds can cause liver damage in mice and disrupt the calcium metabolism of birds, which then lay thin-shelled eggs.
  • Lacking adequate calcium, the bird's eggs emerge thin-shelled and flaky, offering scant protection for the embryo.
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