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

Kobo ebook | January 15, 2008

byNeil Shubin

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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 PSB 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.


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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 PSB series. By examining fossils and DNA, he shows us that our hands actually resemble fish fins, our heads are organized like long-extinct jawless...

Format:Kobo ebookPublished:January 15, 2008Publisher:Knopf Doubleday Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0307377164

ISBN - 13:9780307377166

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Informative and fun! A wonderful journey into the past that brings up surprising facts about the human body, and then explains why we're built this way.
Date published: 2014-11-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Intriguing! This book is absolutely fascinating!! All the facts discussed in this book, linking humans to different species throughout time is just mind blowing. This book describes the evolutionary path of how we came to be. Why we have certain organs. Why they are located in specific areas of our bodies. Why we have some organs that we don’t even use anymore. This book gives a great description of where we came from and even why we have some of the diseases and anatomical problems we have today, such as arthritis and other bone issues. This book was extremely interesting to read.
Date published: 2014-11-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Your Inner Fish This is an amazing book, one that I will refer to again and again. The topic of how we are directly connected to jelly fish, and beyond is fascinating and makes so much sense. When I saw the pulsing motion of the luminous jellyfish in the Vancouver Aquarium I was reminded of a heart beat. Neil Shubin taught me why. I will be teaching my grandchildren, beginning with Daniel Loxton's book Evolution.
Date published: 2014-08-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Your Inner Fish A fascinating book. The fossil they found which is the link between fish and amphibians is amazing!
Date published: 2014-01-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great book It's a rare person who is both an expert in human anatomy and paleontology. Neil Shubin, however, is just such a person, and it is this combination of expertise that makes this book such a gem. It was his team in 2004 that found a fossil skeleton now known as Tiktaalik, a true "missing link" between fish and land animals. The story of how that came about is recounted. The parts that I found most interesting, however, deal with the evolution of specific features. In particular, the description of the evolution of the mammal ear bones was really good. In all a popular treatment of some otherwise quite inaccessable subject matter. Don't miss it.
Date published: 2008-04-16