Book cover of Squid Empire: The Rise and Fall of the Cephalopods by Danna Staaf
Biological Sciences

Squid Empire: The Rise and Fall of the Cephalopods

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. […Learn More]

Book cover of Monarchs of the Sea: The Extraordinary 500-Million-Year History of Cephalopods by Danna Staaf
Biological Sciences

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

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

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

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. […Learn More]