Empty Flat Oyster shells on the beach (2)

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Empty Flat Oyster right valve shell showing internal surface on the beach with sand and pebbles (25)

This post continues the theme of OYSTER VARIATION with a second selection of empty Flat Oyster shells photographed in situ on the beach. Individual oyster shells have widely varying visible characteristics. Archaeomalacologists may be able to use the qualitative and quantifiable characteristics in samples of oyster shells from historical deposits to demonstrate spatial and temporal variations useful for archaeological interpretation. Understanding the nature of macroscopic variations in oyster shells from the past requires an examination of more recent specimens. 

For a full explanation of the rationale for exploring this theme, please look at the earlier post on this subject on 16th October 2009.

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5 Replies to “Empty Flat Oyster shells on the beach (2)”

  1. Many thanks for this marvellous Blog. I went on the Biodiversity Blitz at Caswell last Saturday and got hooked on all things Seashore.

    I am a total beginner and it’s fabulous to have a user friendly resource like this. Absolutely fascinating, as was Judiths’ Safari.

    I will be following your blog avidly.


  2. Thank you so much, Karen. I’m really glad that you like my blog and find it useful. One of the reasons that I write it is that I want other people to know about the wonderful natural things right under our noses, especially seashore things. The more you learn, the more fascinating it all becomes. I am sure that Judith Oakley would also be delighted to hear how successful her day was in stimulating your interest.


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