Neil Shubin, a leading paleontologist and professor of anatomy who discovered Tiktaalik, the "missing link" that made headlines around the world in April 2006, tells the story of evolution by tracing the organs of the human body back millions of years, long before the first creatures walked the earth. By examining fossils and DNA, Shubin shows us that our hands actually resemble fish fins, our head is organized like that of a long-extinct jawless fish, and major parts of our genome look and function like those of worms and bacteria.
Shubin makes us see ourselves and our world in a completely new light. Your Inner Fish is science writing at its finest: enlightening, accessible, and told with irresistible enthusiasm.
©2008 Neil Shubin; (P)2008 Books on Tape
Mr. Shubin's humanity comes through very vividly in this book. I found myself sharing his almost child like excitement of scientific discovery. The human failures he makes in his journey to acquire the skills necessary to do his research efficiently and professionally is also revealed.
Any person interested in science needs to include this book in their collection. The scientific method is very evident here. Propose a hypothesis from already known information, define the structure of an experiment, and execute the experiment. Consequently, Tiktaalik is discovered. Tiktaalik fills in one more missing link in the theory of evolution.
Mr. Shubin combines a number of scientific disciplines to support his conclusions. His knowledge of anatomy is amazing. I found it a fun read.
Worthwhile! Great information, some of it above the average education level but not so pedantic as to be incomprehensible. Lots of information. Made me take a second look at the history of bodies. Good read.
-Awesome insight and evidence for evolution of human structures, organs, and molecular biology.
-This book increased my understanding and awe of this living planet.
-The narrator was great.
mostly nonfiction listener
Shubin connects our deep evolutionary history with our current anatomy and structure. I really enjoyed learning about paleontology, how fossil research works (and why it is so important) and the emerging integration of genetic with fossil research.
In his next book I hope Shubin spends more time drawing larger connections between his field and the larger project of evolutionary biology and evolutionary psychology. It would be great to bring his deep evolution story about our earliest development into the world of behavior.
Shubin is a good writer and an accomplished scientist. Highly recommended.
I expected this book to delve into the implications of the evolution from water-dwelling to land-dwelling organisms and relate it more tightly to human anatomy--but that never really materialized. A good quick listen for paleo fans and the excitement of discovery but not so much here for human anatomists.
I was really disapointed by this book. It has an interesting premise, but is really much too simple. There isn't much of any new information in it for anyone who has ever read an article or seen a documentary on evolution. It was just very simplistic and boring despite the good intro.
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