The Resource A natural history of shells, by Geerat J. Vermeij

A natural history of shells, by Geerat J. Vermeij

Label
A natural history of shells
Title
A natural history of shells
Statement of responsibility
by Geerat J. Vermeij
Title variation
Shells
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
  • Geerat Vermeij wrote this "celebration of shells" to share his enthusiasm for these supremely elegant creations and what they can teach us about nature. Most other popular books on shells emphasize the identification of species, but Vermeij uses shells as a way to explore major ideas in biology. How are shells built? How do they work? How did they evolve? With these questions in mind, the author lucidly - and charmingly - demonstrates how shells give us insights into the lives of animals in our own day as well as in the distant geological past
  • As snails, clams, and other molluscs enlarge their shells, they inscribe a detailed record of the everyday events and unusual circumstances that mark their lives. Moreover, the fossil record that chronicles the history of life is replete with shells of extinct species. Vermeij draws on comparisons of shells from different parts of the world and from successive geological periods to argue that predators have played a decisive role in the evolution of shells. Architectural specialization, he argues, is dictated by the risks, rewards, costs, and benefits imposed by predators and competitors on shell-builders living in a dangerous world. This book will be of interest both to amateur shell collectors and to scholars, and its lively review of evolutionary history should prove especially appealing to a general audience
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1946-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Vermeij, Geerat J.
Dewey number
594/.0471
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
QL403
LC item number
.V47 1993
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
Shells
Label
A natural history of shells, by Geerat J. Vermeij
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 200-201) and index
Contents
Ch. 1. Shells and the Questions of Biology -- Pt. I. The Rules of Shell Construction. Ch. 2. Themes and Variations: The Geometry of Shells. Ch. 3. The Economics of Construction and Maintenance -- Pt. II. Life in a Dangerous World: How Shells Work. Ch. 4. The Mechanics of Shells. Ch. 5. Predators and Their Methods. Ch. 6. Coping with Enemies: The Shell as Protection -- Pt. III. The Dimension of Time. Ch. 7. A Historical Geography of Shells. Ch. 8. Evolutionary Economics: The Rise and Fall of Adaptive Themes
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
viii, 207 p.
Isbn
9780691085968
Lccn
92035371
Other physical details
ill. (some col.)
System control number
  • (CaMWU)u938385-01umb_inst
  • (Sirsi) AJH-7504
  • 02724
  • (OCoLC)26976887
Label
A natural history of shells, by Geerat J. Vermeij
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 200-201) and index
Contents
Ch. 1. Shells and the Questions of Biology -- Pt. I. The Rules of Shell Construction. Ch. 2. Themes and Variations: The Geometry of Shells. Ch. 3. The Economics of Construction and Maintenance -- Pt. II. Life in a Dangerous World: How Shells Work. Ch. 4. The Mechanics of Shells. Ch. 5. Predators and Their Methods. Ch. 6. Coping with Enemies: The Shell as Protection -- Pt. III. The Dimension of Time. Ch. 7. A Historical Geography of Shells. Ch. 8. Evolutionary Economics: The Rise and Fall of Adaptive Themes
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
viii, 207 p.
Isbn
9780691085968
Lccn
92035371
Other physical details
ill. (some col.)
System control number
  • (CaMWU)u938385-01umb_inst
  • (Sirsi) AJH-7504
  • 02724
  • (OCoLC)26976887

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