Helen Scales considers the human use of sea shells - as fertility symbols, jewellery and currency.
Marine biologist Dr Helen Scales tells the story of seashells; from the molluscs that create them to the humans who have used them as jewellery, symbol and even currency.
The author considers the human use of shells - from jewellery via fertility symbol through to their link with a dark episode in human history.
Written and read by Helen Scales
Abridged by Sian Preece
Producer: Eilidh McCreadie
Helen Scales' doctorate involved searching for giant, endangered fish in Borneo; she's also tagged sharks in California, and once spent a year cataloguing all the marine life she could find surrounding a hundred islands in the Andaman Sea. Helen appears regularly on BBC Radio 4 on programmes such as 'Inside Science' and 'Shared Planet' and has presented documentaries on topics such as whether people will ever live underwater, the science of making and surfing waves and the intricacies of sharks' minds.
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