Spirals in Time

Spirals in Time

The Secret Life and Curious Afterlife of Seashells

Book - 2015
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Offers an examination of mollusks, their shells, and their role in human culture, as well as their susceptibility to the effects of humans on the environment.
Publisher: London, UK ; New York, NY : Bloomsbury Sigma, 2015
ISBN: 9781472911384
1472911385
9781472916709
1472916700
9781472911360
1472911369
Branch Call Number: 594.1477 SCA44S 2015
Characteristics: 304 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 23 cm

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scribby
Apr 21, 2018

I picked this up at random from the library shelf (or not entirely randomly -- I used to collect shells when I was a kid) and enjoyed it immensely. A fascinating, well-written compendium of trivia and tales (both natural and cultural) about mollusks and their beautiful shells. "She writes about seashells by the seashore"...

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wyenotgo
Jan 16, 2018

The best book on natural history that I've read in many years. Scholarly without being at all pedantic. Completely engrossing, it introduced me to an astonishing world of undersea life, connecting those fascinating artifacts that many of us have picked up along the shore with such diverse themes as paleontology, ancient trade routes, marine ecology and even the 17th century slave trade. Most fascinating of all for me was the lifestyle, reproduction strategies and adaptations of the vast array of creatures generally classed as molluscs and the beautiful, iconic shells that they leave behind.

LPL_EliH Aug 29, 2017

The perfect book for those with mollusks on the mind-- the writing is accessible, yet thoroughly scientific, and Scales balances biological lessons with insight into humanity and its history. I wasn't expecting a chapter on the connection between sea shells and colonial slavery, for instance, but this surprising link is just one of the well-argued reasons that these shells really matter to who we are and how the world functions.

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mclarjh
Jul 27, 2016

Boring. I found little emphasis on ecology and environment, instead the author focuses mostly on the pretty colours and shapes.

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newdog
Oct 03, 2015

Beautiful!

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