ryner has a great review below, so definitely check that one out. I liked the tone of the writing as this could have been quite dense and intense but it clocked along very well for the armchair scientist, and was very interesting. I learned a great deal about the evolution of cephalopods!
The writing can be a little breezy but it carries a lot of information about animals I had never thought seriously about.
Why don't cephalopods get more recognition? Is it due to their lack of backbone that we underappreciate this curious class of marine animals, or their distinct uncuddliness? From their origins in the Cambrian and subsequent evolutionary paths, to extinctions and proliferation in the present-day, cephalopods and their curious history are the focus of Danna Staaf's new book. You need not be a marine biologist or paleontologist to enjoy all of the excellent information presented within, merely have an interest in the past and a sense of wonder. Other than a cringe-worthy reference to pterosaurs as "flying dinosaurs" (not dinosaurs at all), this was a satisfying microhistory of nautilus, squid, octopus and their ancient brethren.
I received this ARC via LibraryThing's Early Reviewers program.
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