Body asymmetry and the making of a “shellebrity”

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Date(s) - 28/02/2018
7:30 pm - 10:30 pm

The Vat and Fiddle


Most snail shells coil clockwise, but last year, Angus Davison acquired an ultra-rare left-coiling garden snail who came to be known as ‘Jeremy’. The problem for Jeremy? Well, rare ‘lefties’ are unable to mate with normal right coiling snails, because their genitals are on the wrong side of their head. They are destined to live a life unrequited.
Angus will tell the story of the ‘citizen science’ campaign that was launched to find a mate for Jeremy, how they inadvertently created a ‘shellebrity snail’ and a media story that reached an audience of 1.9 billion worldwide – but also what the study of snail shell coiling can tell us about our own bodies (but not our genitals).