Listening to Shells: what can molluscs tell us?

Professor Liz Harper
University of Cambridge

1st December 2021

Shells are a familiar sight on any visit to the seaside or even the garden or allotment. Molluscs have been making shells for 540 million years and the sheer range and diversity of them (different sizes, shapes, colours etc) is truly amazing. But what can such familiar objects tell us? I will explore a range of tales from those concerning life and death in the fossil record, to the construction of superior materials we might learn from to considering the challenges they face in future acidifying oceans.

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