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

Front Cover
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Jan 15, 2008 - Science - 256 pages

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. The basis for the PBS series.

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.


 

What people are saying - Write a review

User ratings

5 stars
19
4 stars
24
3 stars
6
2 stars
17
1 star
0

LibraryThing Review

User Review  - AngelaJMaher - www.librarything.com

An interesting look at how the evolution of the human body can be traced and mirrored in other animals, both modern and ancient. Some parts are written exactly the way you would expect a lecture to be ... Read full review

LibraryThing Review

User Review  - mjspear - LibraryThing

Within us human beings like the bones, tissue and DNA of fish: who knew?! This chatty book makes even higher-level genetics interesting... even this liberal arts gal enjoyed the read. Read full review

All 20 reviews »

Contents

I
21
II
37
III
53
IV
74
V
90
VI
109
VII
132
VIII
141
IX
151
XI
166
XII
192
XIII
195
Copyright

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

About the author (2008)

Neil Shubin is the author of the best-selling Your Inner Fish, which was chosen by the National Academy of Sciences as the best book of the year in 2009. Trained at Columbia, Harvard, and the University of California at Berkeley, Shubin is associate dean of biological sciences at the University of Chicago. In 2011 he was elected to the National Academy of Sciences.

 

www.neilshubin.com

Bibliographic information