Seashells: Jewels from the Ocean

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They have done time as jewelry and tools, as medicines, currency, and symbols of industry—and they have intrigued people, from beach-combing toddlers to serious scientists, since time began. Native interest meets natural history in this exquisitely illustrated account of the science and culture of seashells.

With closeup photography and basic explanations of different shell types—univalves, bivalves, and cephalopods—how they are formed, what mollusks inhabit them, their ...

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Overview

They have done time as jewelry and tools, as medicines, currency, and symbols of industry—and they have intrigued people, from beach-combing toddlers to serious scientists, since time began. Native interest meets natural history in this exquisitely illustrated account of the science and culture of seashells.

With closeup photography and basic explanations of different shell types—univalves, bivalves, and cephalopods—how they are formed, what mollusks inhabit them, their morphology and life cycles, and much more, this is the book for anyone with an interest in seashells.

This book includes information on the bewildering array of shell shapes, colors, sizes, and types, and describes where the different shells can be found throughout the world. As informative as it is visually arresting, the book will appeal to amateur and expert, collector and casual beachcomber.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780760325933
  • Publisher: Voyageur Press
  • Publication date: 11/15/2007
  • Edition description: First
  • Pages: 112
  • Product dimensions: 8.70 (w) x 10.20 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Budd Titlow is a professional wetland scientist and wildlife biologist. He has operated Naturegraphs Freelance Photography and Writing for more than 30 years. During this time, he has published more than 200 articles and 3,000 photographs. His credits include Audubon, Outdoor Photographer, National Wildlife, Outside, Nature’s Best, BBC Wildlife Magazine, Popular Photography, Sierra Club Notecards, and Time/Life Publications. Throughout his career, Budd has shared his love of photography and nature by presenting seminars and workshops nationwide. He lives in Durham, North Carolina, with his wife and children.

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Table of Contents

Contents

 

Acknowledgments

Preface

Introduction

 Chapter One               What’s a Mollusk?

                                    And Which Came First: The Mollusk or the Shell?           

 Chapter Two               The Shell Game

                                    Classification and Types of Mollusks


Chapter Three            Spineless Wonders

The Anatomy of Mollusks

 

Chapter Four Beauty Is Only Shell Deep

                                   The Morphology of Mollusks

 

Chapter Five              The Good Life Starts at the Bottom

Molluscan Life History and Behavior

Chapter Six                So Where Were You Seeded?

Molluscan Habitats and Distribution

 Chapter Seven           The Magnificent Mollusk Ties to Human History, Past, Present, and Future

 Chapter Eight Oceanic “Canaries”

Environmental Threats, Issues, and Solutions

 

Chapter Nine              Shell Collecting 101

                                    Tips and Top Hunting Sites 

 

References and Credits

Glossary

Index

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  • Posted March 27, 2012

    Highly Recommended

    For the novice or experienced beachcomber, this is a must. Stunning photos and very informative histories and locations. Enjoy!!

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