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YOUR INNER FISH: A Journey into the 3.5-Billion-Year History of the Human Body

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How human bones, organs and behavior reveal the history we share with fish, flies, worms and germs.Shubin (Organismal Biology and Anatomy/Univ. of Chicago) made the front page of the New York Times in 2006 when he discovered a 375-million-year-old fossil fish whose fins contained rudimentary limb bones, perhaps the earliest ancestor of the first creatures that left the sea to live on land. This ... Read full review

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Great book
They should be teaching this in church.

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Excellent!
This book was recommended to me by my favorite biology professor in college. I enjoyed it immensely. It's a fascinating look into the evolutionary past through the lens of modern science.

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Among many reasons that make evolution of life such a fascinating subject to study, the fact that we can learn more about how we humans have become what we are today must rank close to the top. This is the basic premise behind Neil Shubin's "Your Inner Fish." Shubin's day job is field paleontologist, but the idea for this book came about when he taught some laboratory exercises in human anatomy. It turns out that his training in recognizing and categorizing bones of long-extinct creatures is an excellent preparation for understanding of how the human body works.
The book is a fascinating and insightful journey into the 3.5 billion years of evolution. It combines scientific facts and information with personal stories and anecdotes. The scientific information is fresh and relevant, and it is not just a regurgitation of the material that can be found in a myriad other books on evolution. These facts really help you with gaining insight into how exactly all life on Earth is related.
The last major chapter is probably the most interesting. It is an examination of the way that many of our chronic diseases and illnesses can be traced to the very restricted design options that evolution had. There really is a price that we pay for getting to where we are in the evolutionary development.
 

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Wonderful book about evolution, everyone interested in understanding how organism evolve from fish to mammals should read this little book.

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

User Review  - Sam Martin - Goodreads

Shubin is a fine scientist but a mostly poor writer. Read full review

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

User Review  - Tom Halliwell - Goodreads

Science is a repetitive endeavor, and this is a science book for people who like reading science. Interesting but repetitive, you can get more than the gist of the book in 10 minutes if you try. Great work, and a good story, but I think I would've appreciated it more as a TED talk. Read full review

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User Review  - Brandon - Goodreads

I found Neal's book to be full of fascinating information. it's a great read if you like Darwin or science/evolution in general. Read full review

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

User Review  - Jodi - Goodreads

An accessible science read. Pleasant narrative about finding and analyzing clues to human's "journey." Read full review

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User Review  - Lily Sagers - Goodreads

not too difficult to follow for a science book. good flow Read full review

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