Vermeij, Gerrat J

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 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? And how did they evolve? With lucidity and charm, the MacArthur-winning evolutionary biologist reveals how shells give us insights into the lives of animals today and in the distant geological past.

The 2021 paperback reprint, now part of the Princeton Science Library series, features a new preface by the author.

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Princeton University Press, September 2021.  207 pages, paperback, 131 black and white illustrations