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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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
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Super fun read and the illustrations helped enormously. - Goodreads
Amazing insight in the evolution of humans. - Goodreads
Easy to read, informative, and pretty damn interesting! - Goodreads

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A unique perspective on anthropology, the real theme of this book is how we can learn about universals in chordate bodyplans by studying our ancestors. Fascinating stuff, and well told. Read full review

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User Review  - Dennis Swanger - Goodreads

Since Neil Shubin is a paleontologist, I thought this would be primarily a paleontology book, but it wasn't what I expected (I probably should have examined it more carefully in the bookstore). There ... Read full review

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About the author (2009)

Neil Shubin is provost of The Field Museum as well as a 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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