Description: Marine biologist Dr Helen Scales tells the story of seashells; from the molluscs that create them to the humans who have used them as jewellery, symbol and even currency.
Triton with his shell horn.
1/5: Helen Scales defines ‘molluscs’, one of the most ancient and successful animal groups on the planet.
2/5: The author considers the human use of shells – from jewellery via fertility symbol through to their link with a dark episode in human history.
3/5: Helen Scales investigates the bizarre world of the hermit crab and uncovers the truth behind the near-mythical substance ‘sea silk’.
4/5: the impact of fossilised shells on agriculture and geology, peeking into the driven world of the shell collector.
5/5: Molluscs continue to surprise as researchers pursue medical advances, while scientists look to them as bellwethers of our impact on the seas.
I especially enjoyed the myth of sea sheep giving us sea silk!
Descartes logarithmic spiral