The Experiment

Monarchs of the Sea: The Extraordinary 500-Million-Year History of Cephalopods

$15.95

The Experiment

Monarchs of the Sea: The Extraordinary 500-Million-Year History of Cephalopods

$15.95
  • Description

Before mammals, there were dinosaurs. And before dinosaurs, there were cephalopods.

Cephalopods, Earth’s first truly substantial animals, are still among us: Their fascinating family tree features squid, octopuses, nautiluses, and more. The inventors of swimming, cephs presided over the sea for millions of years. But when fish evolved jaws, cephs had to step up their game (or end up on the menu). Some evolved defensive spines. Others abandoned their shells entirely, opening the floodgates for a tidal wave of innovation: masterful camouflage, fin-supplemented jet propulsion, and intelligence we’ve yet to fully measure.

In Monarchs of the Sea, marine biologist Danna Staaf unspools how these otherworldly creatures once ruled the deep—and why they still captivate us today.

Note: Monarchs of the Sea was previously published in hardcover as Squid Empire.

Author: Danna Staaf
Publisher: The Experiment
Pages: 256pp
Size: 5.5 x 8 x 1
Notes: paperback, b/w
Release Date: September 15, 2020
ISBN: 978-1615197408