Latest Seashell Stories
In the depths of the Arctic Ocean, buried deep in the sediment, an ancient creature waited for over a million years to be discovered.
Valued for millennia for their decorative shells, marine cone snails are now grabbing the interest of pharmacologists who believe the snails’ powerful venom could eventually be used to formulate equally as powerful drugs to treat a range of illnesses.
The enchantingly colored seashells that lend beaches their charm could also provide information about how the brain converts memories and sensory information into action, according to research from the University of California at Berkeley and the University of Pittsburgh published online April 7 in the â€œProceedings of the National Academy of Sciencesâ€ (â€œPNASâ€).
University of California, Berkeley, graduate student Alistair Boettiger has amassed a beautiful collection of seashells, but not by combing the beach. He created them in his computer.
Conchology, a branch of malacology, is the study of mollusk shells including seashells, freshwater and land mollusk shells, and gastropod operculums. Conchologists, those who practice conchology, study the shells four main groups of mollusks including bivalves and gastropods as wells as chitons and tusk shells. The study of mollusk is shells is sometimes thought to be outdated, because a species as a whole cannot be understood by one aspect, but shells have been known to provide important...
Mucrospirifer is a genus of extinct brachiopod of the order Spiriferida. This genus is sometimes known as the “butterfly shells.” Fossils of this genus occur mostly in the Middle Devonian strata. When alive, this genus mainly lived in muddy marine sediments, and were attached to the sea floor via its pedicle (foot). The bi-convex shell was about an inch long, and sometimes grew to 1.6 inches. The shell has a fold, groove and rod-like structure. It is elongated along the hinge line,...