A Natural History of Shells
Geerat J. Vermeij


Geerat Vermeij wrote this "celebration of shells" to share his enthusiasm for those 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? How did they evolve? 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.

First published in 1993.

Geerat J. Vermeij, Professor of Geology at the University of California, Davis, is the author of Evolution and Escalation: An Ecological History of Life (Princeton) and Biogeography and Adaptation: Patterns of Marine Life. Vermeij received a 1992 MacArthur Fellowship.