The Nature of Shells
Displayed at the Falls of the Ohio State Park in 2006
Explore the wonder of the shell.
This exhibit focuses on the natural history of shelled organisms with over a dozen exhibits.
Click on each exhibit topic to learn more. Click on small photos for a larger image.
What is a shell?
The American Heritage Dictionary definition:
“The usually hard outer covering that encases certain organisms, such as mollusks, insects, and turtles…”
This exhibit explores shells and how they connect with the history of life on Earth.
The nature of mollusk shells
The nature of arthropod shells
The nature of other shelled creatures
How long have shells been around?
What are shells made of?
How are shells adapted for their environment?
The Living Shell
This exhibit was developed by Interpretive Naturalist Alan Goldstein. We would like to thank the following lenders of specimens for the original exhibit and permission to post the images here.
- Children’s Museum of Indiana
- Louisville Science Center (now Kentucky Science Center)
- Anonymous collection
Created April 8, 2015, Updated June 2.