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

Editorial Review - Kirkus - Jane Doe

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  - Paul De Belder - Goodreads

I have read many books about this subject, but I learned a lot of new facts and got new insights. I did not like "The universe within" very much, but this earlier book is really good. Read full review

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

User Review  - Sergio Pabzu - Goodreads

Amazing book. Read full review

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User Review  - Richard Sizemore - Goodreads

So good! A bit sciencey at times, but what good book isn't?! Perfect weekend read. Read full review

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

User Review  - Christopher Strganac - Goodreads

The best vertebrate paleontology book for a general audience I have read, if not of all science. Read full review

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

User Review  - Louise - Goodreads

A fascinating look at our evolution, exuberantly written. I enjoyed this book very much. The author's enthusiasm for his subject reminded me a bit of Stephen Jay Gould. Read full review

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