Seashell collecting is not a shameful disease, rather a virus that has infected many celebrities :
Seashells are one of the oldest forms of animal life.
(1-5)The five mass extinctions since the "big-bang of life" (540 million years ago aka Cambrian(*) geological era).
(*) Cambrian, Ordovician, Silurian, Devonian, Carboniferous, Permian, Triassic, Jurassic, Cretaceous, Paleogene, Neogene, Holocene(**).
Human interest in seashells dates back to prehistoric times and had a strong spiritual symbology. Collections of shells have been found in the ruins of Pompeii, in Mayan temples in Yucatán and in caves in Burgundy (d'Arcy-sur-Cure) dating from the Neanderthal.
Seafood is often part of our festive meals but their flesh was an important part of the daily diet of prehistoric men living near the seashore. The shells have also proved to be very useful, in particular as a means of barter, in the making of tools and jewelry as well as in the production of dyes. They probably inspired human constructions and mathematicians and even poems.
I have inherited a collection of shells mainly from Diego-Suarez (Madagascar). It is not only composed of shells (gastropods and bivalves) but also of nautilus, sea urchin, argonauts, corals.
I was only 6 or 7 years old, and I remember the weekends on these vast deserted beaches of Diego-Suarez where, with my father, we spent hours collecting shells and corals. Over time, my parents built up a remarkable collection which they brought back from Madagascar. Shortly before their death, the house had to be sold and for lack of space, all the shells were quickly packed and piled up in a basement for years while they were the pride of my parents.
Now retired, I have decided to give them a second life. For this, Internet seems to me the best way to expose them to potential amateurs. So I gradually brought out the shells from the basement to photograph and measure them, then I repacked them and put them back in the basement (hopeful of finding a definitive place). As we open our Christmas presents, I opened, week after week, many suitcases filled with seashells!
Before creating the site it required a hard work to produce its content :
This is how I got a taste for the world of seashells and I now understand better why they have fascinated so many people for so long. To my surprise, I discovered on the beaches of the French Riviera, many shells from different families (Bullidae, Cerithidae, Columbellidae, Conidae, Cypraeidae, Haliotidae, Pisanidae, Trochidae, Triviidae , Vermetidae, Arcidae, Limidae, ...) which enriched my collection!
Drawing on the experience of my research, I wrote a mini-guide for identification of shells which :
However, to be able to identify a shell you need to know a certain number of specific terms and a minimum knowledge of the anatomy and structure of a shell. So, I made a compilation of information available on the web : shells for dummies
At the beginning, I wrote a small utility (a bash script) to make my job easier and to update the site automatically as much as possible after each modification :
I used three powerful free softwares :
Time passing, I added features and improved ergonomics. This program can now create websites from various "collections".
The success of free software is due to the sharing of "source code".
In this spirit, this site provides the application that allows you to create sites on this model.
Clémentine does not have the support of any producer, never goes on the radio and yet what talent! much more than the "sons or daughters of ..." who enjoy wide publicity despite a barely average artistic level, what a waste ...
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The Arsène space in Saint-Paul-en-Cornillon hosted a vernissage dedicated to ceramics. We were able to discover the works of Françoise, a young and talented retiree. The link opposite shows some of these creations.