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2020 > 2024

The "Bio — Graphies" series of books is designed to promote biomimicry as an approach, methodology and philosophy. Each of the books in the series examines an inspiring species from a multi-disciplinary perspective, at the crossroads of science (biology, naturalism, ethology, ecology, chemistry, physics and history), engineering and design.

The first book focuses on the study of Selachimorphs (sharks). Through a study of their evolutionary history, their biology, their ecology and the dangers of extinction that threaten them, it explores some of their remarkable properties, which could inspire some of the great innovations of tomorrow.

The multifunctional bioluminescence of the lantern shark (Etmopterus spinax), the solar predation of the great white shark (Carcharodon carcharias) and the toxic appearance of the juvenile zebra shark (Stegostoma fasciatum) are described and illustrated, the dermal shield of the curly shark (Echinorhinus brucus) or the gatherings of thousands of whale sharks (Rhincodon Typus), which have inspired the concepts of bio-inspired eco-innovations devised by the agency's designers and engineers, and shared with readers in the form of sketches, 3Ds and models.

Throughout the book, readers are introduced to the methodology of biomimicry, with a view to raising awareness of the challenges of biomimicry and the need for sustainable management of the seas and oceans, which represent an infinite source of inspiration that is on the verge of extinction.

Foreword by Annabelle AISH (Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle de Paris, MNHN) and Alexis WARGNIEZ (Association Pour l'Etude et la Conservation des Sélaciens, A.P.E.C.S.)

Scientific illustrations by Marianne TRICOT.

Graphic design by Lisa STURACCI (Agence Teschner-Sturacci) and Anne-Lise BACHELIER.

Photographs by ...

Interviews with Éric CLUA (École Pratique des Hautes Études and shark specialist), Tarik CHEKCHAK (Institut des futurs souhaitables) and François-Xavier FERRARI (Mu cooperative).