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A Natural History of Shells

Geerat J. Vermeij

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From “one of the master naturalists of our time” (American Scientist), a fascinating exploration of what seashells reveal about biology, evolution, and the history of life

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.

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Evolutionary ecology, Health insurance, And Interest, Ecology, Synthetic biology, Supply and demand, Ecosystem, Organism, Health care reform, Cost–benefit analysis, Supply (economics), Availability, Biology, Raw material, Protein, Population size, Consideration, Functional requirement, Instance (computer science), Effectiveness, Gene, Maintenance, repair, and operations, Quantity, Molecular biology, Plant cell, Real estate economics, Economic forces, Currency