Helen Scales

Spirals in Time

Helen Scales

Talk: Spirals in Time

Helen Scales discusses about her book, Spirals in Time: The Secret Life and Curious Afterlife of Seashells. Seashells are the sculpted homes of a remarkable group of animals: the mollusks. These are some of the most ancient and successful animals on the planet. Some mollusks can kill you if you eat them. Some will kill you if you stand too close. That hasn't stopped people using shells in many ways over thousands of years. They became the first jewelry and oldest currencies; they've been used as potent symbols of sex and death, prestige and war, not to mention a nutritious (and tasty) source of food.

Helen Scales

Helen Scales is a marine biologist based in Cambridge. Her doctorate involved exploring the reproductive biology of the humphead wrasse, and since then she has tagged sharks in California, catalogued marine life surrounding a hundred islands in the Andaman Sea, and most recently studied the diverse fish that live on coral reefs in the South Pacific. Helen is a freelance researcher and broadcaster.

Spirals in Time: The Secret Life and Curious Afterlife of Seashells

Spirals in Time is an exuberant aquatic romp, revealing amazing tales of these undersea marvels. Helen Scales leads us on a journey into their realm, as she goes in search of everything from snails that 'fly' underwater on tiny wings to octopuses accused of stealing shells and giant mussels with golden beards that were supposedly the source of Jason's golden fleece.

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