Before there were fish in the sea, there were cephalopods, the ancestors of modern squid and Earth’s first truly substantial animals. With dozens of tentacles and formidable shells, they presided over an undersea empire for millions of years. In Squid Empire: The Rise and Fall of the Cephalopods, author Danna Staaf explores the journey of cephalopods and their evolutionary innovations: masterful camouflage, bioluminescence, fin-supplemented jet propulsion, perhaps even dolphin-like intelligence. Cited as one of NPR’s best science books of 2017, 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. A book sale and signing will follow the presentation.
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