Your Inner Fish

Your Inner Fish

A Journey Into The 3.5-billion-year History Of The Human Body

Book - 2009
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Neil Shubin, a leading paleontologist and professor of anatomy who discovered Tiktaalik--the "missing link" that made headlines around the world in April 2006--tells the story of evolution by tracing the organs of the human body back millions of years, long before the first creatures walked the earth. By examining fossils and DNA, Shubin shows us that our hands actually resemble fish fins, our head is organized like that of a long-extinct jawless fish, and major parts of our genome look and function like those of worms and bacteria.--From publisher description.
Publisher: New York : Vintage Books, 2009.
Edition: 1st Vintage Books ed.
ISBN: 9780307277459
Characteristics: 237 p. : ill., maps ; 22 cm.


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Dec 29, 2016

The video is also worth a look.

Dec 05, 2015

I just wish all high school science textbooks can be this fun and easy to read. Too late for me to become a biologist or a doctor but this book has added another dimension to my understanding of the human life form among its living relatives.

Dec 31, 2014

Thoroughly enjoyable book which covers our 3.5 billion journey to humanity. Neil Shubin has put together a book which belongs in the book collection of any person interesting in a greater understanding of how we came to be what we call human.

Nov 04, 2014

From the tiny bones in our mammalian ears to the arrangement of individual bones in each of our limbs, Neil Shubin lays out a fascinating picture of the many ways in which our modern human bodies are abounding with remnants of a more "fishy" body and lifestyle. Many features are obvious when studying a skeleton, several more become apparent when described and illustrated, and still others, such as predictive gene behavior, come to light only with experimentation. This book had many aha! moments, and spoke forcefully to my inner paleontologist, which had me half questioning my less scientific career choices. Marvelous.

Jane60201 Aug 21, 2014

A great way to understand the biology you didn't really understand in high school.

Feb 15, 2014

An excellent read for anyone interested in development, evolution and the interrelatedness of all animal life.

wplclaire Aug 30, 2013

Shubin covers a remarkable amount of terrain in very clear, readable language. An excellent achievement,

Jul 16, 2013

This is a short biology book showing evidence from fossils and DNA for evolution. It has lots of diagrams. Darwin goes unmentioned. Did you know the three tiny bones in our middle ear are a trait found only in mammals, and that they derive from bones in a reptilian jaw? Did you know we have over 1000 genes for smell, but 1/3 are turned off as we have switched from smell to vision processors? Dolphins and whales have mammalian odor genes but none are functional because ceteceans no longer use their nasal passage for smelling. It was modified ove time into a blowhole. It's a good short read.

srmechs May 25, 2013

Paleontologist Neil Shubin has written an engrossing and readable account of the history of human evolution. To discover that we are related to the earliest form of life isn’t new or startling. But to find that the bones of our hands and feet can be traced back to fish living over 300 million years ago is a surprise. Our internal organs have similarly long pedigrees written in fossils and also in our DNA. You don’t need a background in paleontology, biology, or other science to read this. It is another example of excellent science writing available today.

roaddogg09 May 05, 2011

This is a wonderful book! Shubin, with great enthusiasm, shows how our bodies are interconnected with other species, and he makes the experience of learning about the evolutionary history of humans fun. I highly recommend this book to anyone interested the evolution.

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