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Squid Empire: The Rise and Fall of the Cephalopods - Danna Staaf
Squid Empire: The Rise and Fall of the Cephalopods
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The ancient, mysterious, intelligent, and adaptable creatures who once ruled the oceans Before there were mammals on land, there were dinosaurs. And before there were fish in the sea, there were cephalopods—the ancestors of modern squid and Earth’s first truly substantial animals. Cephalopods... show more
The ancient, mysterious, intelligent, and adaptable creatures who once ruled the oceans

Before there were mammals on land, there were dinosaurs. And before there were fish in the sea, there were cephalopods—the ancestors of modern squid and Earth’s first truly substantial animals. Cephalopods became the first creatures to rise from the seafloor, essentially inventing the act of swimming. With dozens of tentacles and formidable shells, they presided over an undersea empire for millions of years. But when fish evolved jaws, the ocean’s former top predator became its most delicious snack. Cephalopods had to step up their game.

Many species streamlined their shells and added defensive spines, but these enhancements only provided a brief advantage. Some cephalopods then abandoned the shell entirely, which opened the gates to a flood of evolutionary innovations: masterful camouflage, fin-supplemented jet propulsion, perhaps even dolphin-like intelligence.

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.
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9781611689235 (1611689236)
Publisher: Foreedge
Pages no: 256
Edition language: English
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Chris' Fish Place
Chris' Fish Place rated it
5.0 There is this bit about gas
Disclaimer: I won a copy via Librarything.Unlike Staaf, it took me quite a while to warm up to squid, octopuses and the like. It wasn’t until I read “The Vampie Squid from Hell” by Richard Ellis that I took an interest. Staaf’s book isn’t about one specific squid, octopus, or whatnot; instead it is ...
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5.0 SQUID EMPIRE BY DANNA STAAF
TITLE: Squid Empire: The Rise and Fall of the Cephalopods AUTHOR: Danna Staaf DATE PUBLISHED: 2017 FORMAT: Hardcover ISBN-13: 978-1-61168-923-5 ___________________________ Squid Empire: The Rise and Fall of the Cephalopods is a book that does exactly as "described on the tin". This i...
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