The Book of Shells: A Life-Size Guide to Identifying and Classifying Six Hundred Seashells (2020)

The Book of Shells A Life Size Guide to Identifying and Classifying Six Hundred Seashells Who among us hasn t marveled at the diversity and beauty of shells Or picked one up held it to our ear and then gazed in wonder at its shape and hue Many a lifelong shell collector has cut teeth and
  • Title: The Book of Shells: A Life-Size Guide to Identifying and Classifying Six Hundred Seashells
  • Author: M.G. Harasewych Fabio Moretzsohn Jerry Harasewych
  • ISBN: 9780226315775
  • Page: 171
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Who among us hasn t marveled at the diversity and beauty of shells Or picked one up, held it to our ear, and then gazed in wonder at its shape and hue Many a lifelong shell collector has cut teeth and toes on the beaches of the Jersey Shore, the Outer Banks, or the coasts of Sanibel Island Some have even dived to the depths of the ocean But most of us are not familiWho among us hasn t marveled at the diversity and beauty of shells Or picked one up, held it to our ear, and then gazed in wonder at its shape and hue Many a lifelong shell collector has cut teeth and toes on the beaches of the Jersey Shore, the Outer Banks, or the coasts of Sanibel Island Some have even dived to the depths of the ocean But most of us are not familiar with the biological origin of shells, their role in explaining evolutionary history, and the incredible variety of forms in which they come.Shells are the external skeletons of mollusks, an ancient and diverse phylum of invertebrates that are in the earliest fossil record of multicellular life over 500 million years ago There are over 100,000 kinds of recorded mollusks, and some estimate that there are over a million that have yet to be discovered Some breathe air, others live in fresh water, but most live in the ocean They range in size from a grain of sand to a beach ball and in weight from a few grams to several hundred pounds And in this lavishly illustrated volume, they finally get their full due.The Book of Shells offers a visually stunning and scientifically engaging guide to six hundred of the most intriguing mollusk shells, each chosen to convey the range of shapes and sizes that occur across a range of species Each shell is reproduced here at its actual size, in full color, and is accompanied by an explanation of the shell s range, distribution, abundance, habitat, and operculum the piece that protects the mollusk when it s in the shell Brief scientific and historical accounts of each shell and related species include fun filled facts and anecdotes that broaden its portrait.The Matchless Cone, for instance, or Conus cedonulli, was one of the rarest shells collected during the eighteenth century So much so, in fact, that a specimen in 1796 was sold for than six times as much as a painting by Vermeer at the same auction But since the advent of scuba diving, this shell has become far accessible to collectors though not without certain risks Some species of Conus produce venom that has caused than thirty known human deaths.The Zebra Nerite, the Heart Cockle, the Indian Babylon, the Junonia, the Atlantic Thorny Oyster shells from habitats spanning the poles and the tropics, from the highest mountains to the ocean s deepest recesses, are all on display in this definitive work.
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    One Reply to “The Book of Shells: A Life-Size Guide to Identifying and Classifying Six Hundred Seashells”

    1. I found this WONDERFUL book at the library and I just can t say enough about it The Book of Shells is a fascinating look at one of nature s free gifts, seashells Filled with beautiful life size photos of shells, this book is a feast for the eyes It s really fascinating to see all of the varieties of sizes and colors At 655 pages, this book contains much than pretty pictures of 600 different shells from all over the world Each page is dedicated to a different shell and like any good guidebook, T [...]

    2. This beautiful book was so hard to put down once opened It is amazing to think that 600 seashells featured here are only about 1% of the shells that exist

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