The Little Book of Shells

Gems of Nature

The Little Book of Shells
£12.99
Format: Hardback, 176 Pages
ISBN: 9780711252691
Publisher: Ivy Press
Buy from an Online Retailer
We do not sell books through our website in the UK.
Please use the links below to buy from online retailers
UK:
            
CA:
      
AU:
   

Description

Dip into the intriguing world of shells with this beautifully illustrated guide to 75 weird and wonderful examples.

When we pick up a shell on the beach, we notice its beautiful shape or attractive colours, but how often do we consider what it tells us about the creature that made it, and the evolutionary journey that led to its particular characteristics? This book introduces you to the extraordinary variety of forms into which molluscs mould their shells, and the impressive types of external protection they have developed for a range of habitats.

Intricate structures shown here range from the tapering whorls of a triangular nutmeg to the spectacular spines of the Venus Comb Murex, from the spiral chambers of a nautilus to the frilly ribs of the wedding cake venus. These distinctive features of shells not only tell us about their genealogy, but also serve as an archive of the animal’s life, indicating its size, habitat and growth pattern. And this gallery of pearl oysters, periwinkles, cowries and many more illustrates how shells can be as delicate as porcelain, coloured with iridescent pastels, or boldly patterned with a glossy sheen.

The Little Book of Shells combines stunning images with fascinating facts in a handy format.
 

The author

M. G. Harasewych is an Emeritus Curator of the Department of Invertebrate Zoology at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington D.C., which houses one of the world’s largest mollusk collections. He has discovered a variety of new species and written widely for journals and periodicals, and authored the bestseller Shells: Jewels from the Sea in 1989.

Fabio Moretzsohn is Visiting Assistant Professor of Invertebrate Zoology and Biology, Department of Life Sciences, Texas A&M University—Corpus Christi. He is one of the authors of the Encyclopedia of Texas Seashells.

Reader reviews

Specs

Format: Hardback, 176 Pages
ISBN: 9780711252691
Illustrations: 160 illustrations and maps
Size: 5.512 in x 7.48 in / 140 mm x 190 mm
Published:

You might also be interested in

Womanskills for Friendship
Erin La Rosa’s book, Womanskills, is packed with helpful techniques and tips for cooking, money matters, style, relationships, home improvement, and more. This excerpt from the book will give you tips on making new friends and how to end a toxic friendship. Enter to win a copy of Womanskills below! Make New Friends It’s a truth universally ...
Read More >
Womanskills at Work
Erin La Rosa’a Womanskills is packed with helpful techniques and tips for cooking, money matters, style, relationships, home improvement, and more.  Be a boss at work with these six tips from the book! Enter to win a copy of Womanskills below! ACE A JOB INTERVIEW There are plenty of candidate fish in the sea. So ...
Read More >
An Inside Look at I Know a Woman
Kate Hodges graduated from the University of Westminster with a BA in Print Journalism. She has over 20 years writing experience on magazines, having been a staffer on publications including The Face, Bizarre, Just Seventeen, Smash Hits and Sky, and written for many more, including The Guardian, Kerrang! and NME. Her new book, I Know a Woman, details the extraordinary achievements, relationships and ...
Read More >
See More Posts