A Natural History of Shells

A Natural History of Shells

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by Geerat J. Vermeij
     
 

ISBN-10: 0691001677

ISBN-13: 9780691001678

Pub. Date: 04/03/1995

Publisher: Princeton University Press

Geerat Vermeij wrote this "celebration of shells" to share his enthusiasm for those supremely elegant creations and what they can teach us about nature. Most 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? The author

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Geerat Vermeij wrote this "celebration of shells" to share his enthusiasm for those supremely elegant creations and what they can teach us about nature. Most 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? 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691001678
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
04/03/1995
Series:
Princeton Science Library Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
216
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.55(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Ch. 1Shells and the Questions of Biology3
Pt. IThe Rules of Shell Construction
Ch. 2Themes and Variations: The Geometry of Shells9
Ch. 3The Economics of Construction and Maintenance39
Pt. IILife in a Dangerous World: How Shells Work
Ch. 4The Mechanics of Shells61
Ch. 5Predators and Their Methods94
Ch. 6Coping with Enemies: The Shell as Protection113
Pt. IIIThe Dimension of Time
Ch. 7A Historical Geography of Shells153
Ch. 8Evolutionary Economics: The Rise and Fall of Adaptive Themes174
Index203

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A Natural History of Shells 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
AnnieBM More than 1 year ago
If you are looking for a book that explains the diversity of shell shapes, this is the book for you. Vermeij explains the myriad of shell forms in their specific roles in the life styles and in protection of these animals. He also discusses the use of these shells by other animals, like hermit crabs. The explanation is slightly technical and delves into some mechanics but this material is presented quite clearly. The book also contains many figures and plates. I highly suggest this for students and the more serious naturalist and beachcomber.