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Publisher Description

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.

GENRE
Science & Nature
NARRATOR
MC
Marc Cashman
LENGTH
06:59
hr min
RELEASED
2008
January 15
PUBLISHER
Random House Audio
LANGUAGE
EN
English
SIZE
352.7
MB

Customer Reviews

FSabella ,

Great book to develop an understanding of the physical evidence for man's evolution.

You should read this book if you want to develop a better understanding of man’s evolution and how we are related to other species.

Neil Shubin’s book provides a fascinating introduction to man’s evolutionary history. The author demonstrates our relationship to other species by describing the evolution of various and key aspects of our bodies, including our skeleton and our senses for vision and sound. Some explanation is also provided for the process of building our bodies; i.e., what controls this process and how this “organizer” is similar to that found in other species.

This is a very well written science book. Concepts are presented clearly and the author makes his points concisely, without a lot of the redundancy or excessive explanation frequently found in science writing.
“Your Inner Fish” is one of the most useful books I have read that brings together fossil and biological evidence (including DNA) to demonstrate our relationship to other species on the evolutionary tree of life. I highly recommend this book.

JudoPubby ,

Fantastic

I found this author by way of a plug Kenneth Miller (author of Finding Darwin's God) gave him. Excellent insights.

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