Science Sunday—Cephalopods Are the New Dinosaurs

Before there were mammals on land, there were dinosaurs. And before there were fish in the sea, there were cephalopods—Earth’s first truly substantial animals and the ancestors of modern squid. With dozens of tentacles and formidable shells, they presided over an undersea empire for millions of years.

Join scientist and writer Danna Staaf, Ph.D. for a reprise of last year’s popular talk, complete with the latest news about “alien octopuses” and ancient ammonites trapped in amber. Stay for a signing of Staaf’s book Squid Empire: The Rise and Fall of the Cephalopods, which was named one of the best science books of 2017 by NPR Science Friday.


Join the Seymour Marine Discovery Center on the third Sunday of every month (except December) for a public lecture from a marine scientist, who presents current research and topics in an entertaining and easy-to-understand format, with up-to-date photos, video, and discussion. Science Sunday is for everyone interested in the world around them.

  • Lectures are one hour long and take place at the Seymour Marine Discovery Center at 1:30 PM.
  • Doors open to the lecture hall at 1:00 PM.
  • Lecture passes are available at the admissions counter at 12:30 PM.
  • Seating is limited and first-come, first-served. No late seating.
  • Lectures include time for a few questions at the end.
  • Recommended for ages 10 and older.

Science Sunday is free with membership or admission to the Seymour Center. UC Santa Cruz undergraduate students receive free admission with valid student ID.

Sunday, June 16, 2019 at 1:30pm to 2:30pm

Seymour Marine Discovery Center, La Feliz Room
100 McAllister Way, Santa Cruz, California 95060

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