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.
304 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 23 cm.
Includes bibliographical references (pages -296) and index.
Helen Scales is a marine biologist who has tagged sharks in California and studied the diverse fish that live on coral reefs in the South Pacific. She is a freelance researcher and science reporter, and is a long-standing member of the award-winning science communication collective, The Naked Scientists, based at the University of Cambridge. Scales is the author of Poseidon's Steed: The Story of Seahorses, from Myth to Reality , and lives in Cambridge, England.