Your Inner Fish: A Journey Into the 3.5-Billion-Year History of the Human Body

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Vintage Books, 2009 - Science - 237 pages
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Details on a Major New Discovery included in a New Afterword

Why do we look the way we do? Neil Shubin, the paleontologist and professor of anatomy who co-discovered Tiktaalik, the “fish with hands,” tells the story of our bodies as you've never heard it before. By examining fossils and DNA, he shows us that our hands actually resemble fish fins, our heads are organized like long-extinct jawless fish, and major parts of our genomes look and function like those of worms and bacteria. Your Inner Fish makes us look at ourselves and our world in an illuminating new light. This is science writing at its finest—enlightening, accessible and told with irresistible enthusiasm.

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Excellent research and brilliant writing. - Goodreads
I also felt the illustrations were a bit lacking. - Goodreads
Easy to read, informative, and pretty damn interesting! - Goodreads
Great tone and pacing. - Goodreads
Good insights into the mechanism of evolution. - Goodreads
Nice pictures and down-to-Earth narration. - Goodreads

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How are embryos like fossils? How did we come to have the hands, arms, heads, bone structures, ears, eyes and many of the other parts we have? It turns out that homo sap is a very jury-rigged critter ... Read full review

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Good, readable discussion of the deep evolutionary ancestry of the human body. Read full review

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About the author (2009)

Neil Shubin is provost of The Field Museum as well as professor of anatomy at the University of Chicago, where he also serves as an associate dean. Educated at Columbia, Harvard, and the University of California at Berkeley, he lives in Chicago.

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