A Natural History of Shells

  • Title: A Natural History of Shells
  • Author: Geerat J. Vermeij
  • ISBN: 9780691001678
  • Page: 123
  • Format: Paperback
  • A Natural History of Shells Geerat Vermeij wrote this celebration of shells to share his enthusiasm for these supremely elegant creations and what they can teach us about nature Most other popular books on shells emphasize the i
    Geerat Vermeij wrote this celebration of shells to share his enthusiasm for these supremely elegant creations and what they can teach us about nature Most other popular books on shells emphasize the identification of species, but Vermeij uses shells as a way to explore major ideas in biology How are shells built How do they work How did they evolve With these questiGeerat Vermeij wrote this celebration of shells to share his enthusiasm for these supremely elegant creations and what they can teach us about nature Most other popular books on shells emphasize the identification of species, but Vermeij uses shells as a way to explore major ideas in biology How are shells built How do they work How did they evolve With these questions in mind, the author lucidly and charmingly demonstrates how shells give us insights into the lives of animals in our own day as well as in the distant geological past As snails, clams, and other molluscs enlarge their shells, they inscribe a detailed record of the everyday events and unusual circumstances that mark their lives Moreover, the fossil record that chronicles the history of life is replete with shells of extinct species Vermeij draws on comparisons of shells from different parts of the world and from successive geological periods to argue that predators have played a decisive role in the evolution of shells Architectural specialization, he argues, is dictated by the risks, rewards, costs, and benefits imposed by predators and competitors on shell builders living in a dangerous world This book will be of interest both to amateur shell collectors and to scholars, and its lively review of evolutionary history should prove especially appealing to a general audience.

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    1. What a mollusc nerd! A lifetime of collecting shells around the world supports a lovingly dry tour of evolutionary and adaptive approaches and differences between species and regions for dealing with environment, defense and growth, and locomotion through shells. So many shells, black and white pictures throughout.

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