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The Lady and the Octopus: How Jeanne Villepreux-Power Invented Aquariums and Revolutionized Marine Biology

Jeanne Villepreux-Power was never expected to be a scientist. Born in 1794 in a French village more than 100 miles from the ocean, she pursued an improbable path that brought her to the island of Sicily. There, she took up natural history and solved the two-thousand-year-old mystery of how of the argonaut octopus gets its shell.

In an era when most research focused on dead specimens, Jeanne was determined to experiment on living animals. And to keep sea creatures alive for her studies, she had to invent a contraption to hold them ― the aquarium. Her remarkable life story is told by author, marine biologist, and octopus enthusiast Danna Staaf in this highly detailed story packed with archival material, scientific diagrams, and full-color photographs that will enthrall any young reader.

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"When recorded history is lacking, Staaf offers educated suppositions and provoking questions. Highly detailed, conversational chapters feature archival material, scientific drawings, and full-color photos in a handsome layout, and numerous contextualizing sidebars cover topics ranging from the ethics of animal experimentation to the metric system. Ample back matter concludes a comprehensive portrait of a trend-bucking innovator and polymath." — Publishers Weekly

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Recommended Age 10 and up
Author Danna Staaf
ISBN 1728415772
Publication Date Oct 4, 2022
Publisher Carolrhoda Books
Language English