From 1st to 31st October 2016, Dorset County Museum will be hosting an exhibition ‘Nautilus: Beautiful Survivor – 500 million years of evolutionary history’ based on the forthcoming booking book by Wolfgang Grulke.
Wolfgang Grulke is an author and business man with an unbridled passion for the natural world. He is regarded as one of the world’s top futurists, speakers and writers of the on this subject. Recently he has also applied his sense of wonder to the distant past, especially our fossil history.
He has created a renowned collection which is featured in his two natural history books Heteromorph: Nature as it’s most bizarre which was published last year and ‘Nautilus: Beautiful Survivor – 500 million years of evolutionary history’ which will be launched on ‘World Nautilus Day’ on the 9th October 2016.
This exhibition showing many of the cultural objects, fossils, shells and artefacts featured in the book, celebrates the long history of Nautilus, its role in human culture and the realities of its life today.
Wolfgang said “The Chambered Nautilus is one of the oldest living things on our planet. Since the dawn of civilisation its form has inspired artists, designers and architects. Nautilus has survived whatever the world has thrown at it for more than 500 million years, persisting even as dinosaurs and many other life forms vanished. Now, however, some believe it could become extinct within a generation.”
He continues to say “Despite it having become one of the most-studied invertebrates of all time, there is still an air of mystery that surrounds the living Nautilus. The most-recently evolved specimens have been grouped into the genus Allonautilus. One of these Allonautilus scrobiculatus, the furry or fuzzy Nautilus, has only been seen alive twice in the last 30 years. A second species, Allonautilus perforatus, has never been seen alive. We are donating 100% of the proceeds of this book to Nautilus research and we hope that one of the projects will help find this rarest of animals and film it for the first time.”
This spotlight exhibition and book will feature in a talk by Wolfgang Grulke held at the Dorset County Museum on Wednesday 12 October 2016 from 7.30pm (doors open at 7pm) Thursday 15. The talk is FREE although a donation of £3 is encouraged to cover costs. The book ‘Nautilus: Beautiful Survivor – 500 million years of evolutionary history’ by Wolfgang Grulke will also be available to purchase and for signing on the night.