Squid Empire

Squid Empire

The Rise and Fall of the Cephalopods

Book - 2017
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Squid Empire is an epic adventure spanning hundreds of millions of years, from the marine life of the primordial ocean to the calamari on tonight’s menu. Anyone who enjoys the undersea world—along with all those obsessed with things prehistoric—will be interested in the sometimes enormous, often bizarre creatures that ruled the seas long before the first dinosaurs.
Publisher: Lebanon NH : ForeEdge, an imprint of University Press of New England, [2017]
ISBN: 9781611689235
Characteristics: xiii, 237 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm


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JessicaGma Sep 06, 2018

ryner has a great review below, so definitely check that one out. I liked the tone of the writing as this could have been quite dense and intense but it clocked along very well for the armchair scientist, and was very interesting. I learned a great deal about the evolution of cephalopods!

Feb 12, 2018

The writing can be a little breezy but it carries a lot of information about animals I had never thought seriously about.

Dec 21, 2017

Why don't cephalopods get more recognition? Is it due to their lack of backbone that we underappreciate this curious class of marine animals, or their distinct uncuddliness? From their origins in the Cambrian and subsequent evolutionary paths, to extinctions and proliferation in the present-day, cephalopods and their curious history are the focus of Danna Staaf's new book. You need not be a marine biologist or paleontologist to enjoy all of the excellent information presented within, merely have an interest in the past and a sense of wonder. Other than a cringe-worthy reference to pterosaurs as "flying dinosaurs" (not dinosaurs at all), this was a satisfying microhistory of nautilus, squid, octopus and their ancient brethren.

I received this ARC via LibraryThing's Early Reviewers program.


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