Cellular Automaton - Mathematical / Biological Process
Pictured - Conus (3-5) and Cymbiola (1-2) Shells. A computer generated form using a Mathematical Model (6).
Patterns of some seashells, like the ones in Conus and Cymbiola genus, are generated by natural cellular automata. The pigment cells reside in a narrow band along the shell’s lip. Each cell secretes pigments according to the activating and inhibiting activity of its neighbour pigment cells, obeying a natural version of a mathematical rule.