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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 tonight's menu. Anyone who enjoys the undersea world - along with all those obsessed with things prehistoric - will be interested in the sometimes enormous, often bizarre creatures that ruled the seas long before the first dinosaurs.
Contains mature themes.
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By Kate on 07-28-18
Affected and tedious
If I wasn't genuinely interested in this subject matter, I would never have persisted with this book. The author's attempts to make science accessible for the ordinary reader come across as patronizing and silly - little affections, quips, and instructions not to worry if something is too hard. I found her writing style profoundly irritating.
The narration may have made the whole thing worse. The narrator was overacting throughout the book, dramatizing moments unnecessarily, with a falsely warm voice that reminded me of the type of kindergarten teacher even children don't like.
Overall, a deeply disappointing experience.
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