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Title Squid empire : the rise and fall of the cephalopods / Danna Staaf
Imprint Lebanon, NH : ForeEdge, [2017]

 Bellevue:Vuxen facklitteratur (500-599)  590    DUE 23-04-18  ---
Descript xiii, 237 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Note Includes bibliographical references and index
Introduction : why squid? -- The world of the head-footed -- Rise of the empire -- A swimming revolution -- The protean shell -- Sheathing the shell -- Fall of the empire -- Reinvasion -- Where are they now? -- Epilogue : where are they going?
Before there were mammals on land, there were dinosaurs. And before there were fish in the sea, there were cephalopodsthe ancestors of modern squid and Earths 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 oceans 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 tonights menu. Anyone who enjoys the undersea worldalong with all those obsessed with things prehistoricwill be interested in the sometimes enormous, often bizarre creatures that ruled the seas long before the first dinosaurs
Subject Squids
Ryggradslösa djur
Classmark 594/.58
ISBN/ISSN 9781611689235
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