Why do we look the way we do? What does the human hand have in common with the wing of a fly? Are breasts, sweat glands, and scales connected in some way? To better understand the inner workings of our bodies and to trace the origins of many of today's most common diseases, we have to turn to unexpected sources: worms, flies, and even fish. Neil ...
Why do we look the way we do? What does the human hand have in common with the wing of a fly? Are breasts, sweat glands, and scales connected in some way? To better understand the inner workings of our bodies and to trace the origins of many of today's most common diseases, we have to turn to unexpected sources: worms, flies, and even fish. 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.
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Entertaining, informative and easy writing style.... learned a lot in a conceptual manner
Dec 15, 2009
Evolution communicated excellently
I found the presentation of the book to be exemplary in that it provides the personal story of a paleontological team in northern Canada looking for ancestral animals from 400 million years ago and a solid backing for a layman to understand the processes that drive evolution. I've given the book away to my Father who before reading was a denier of evolutionary theory. Since he started reading the book, he's begun to question his preconceived notion about the origins of life on Earth or at least the animal ancestry of man.
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